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Sort files in sophisticated ways

Msort is a program for sorting files in sophisticated ways. Records need not be single lines. Key fields may be selected by position, tag, or character range. For each key, distinct exclusions, multigraphs, substitutions. and a sort order may be defined. Comparisons may be lexicographic, numeric, by string length, date, or time. Optional keys are supported. Msort uses the Unicode character set and provides full Unicode case-folding. The basic program has a somewhat complex command line interface, but may be driven by an optional GUI.
Package version:8.52


This package consists of two related programs.
The first, msort, is the actual sort program.
It has a command-line interface and is written in C.
The code is quite standard and no exotic libraries
are required, so it should compile and run on
any POSIX-compliant system.

The one non-standard library required is
Ville Laurikari's TRE regular expression library,
available at


2008-12-05 8.52
If a key has comparison type "random, we don't bother to store it
since we aren't going to use it. This saves a little time
and possibly a good bit of storage.

If one or more records have been discarded due to problems in key
extraction but the run is otherwise successful, the exit code is
now RECORDEXCLUDED (13) rather than BADRECORD (8).

ISO8601 keys may now have an optional le


MSORT(1)                    User Commands                   MSORT(1)

       msort - sort records in complex ways

       msort <options> [<input file>]

       msort  is  a  program for sorting text files in sophisticated
       ways.  It was developed initially for  alphabetizing  dictio‐
       naries  of  languages in which the ordering may be quite dif‐


2008-12-05  Bill Poser  <>

	* msort.c (GetKeys): 
	Don't bother to 


Bill Poser (


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                       Version 3, 29 June 2007


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