msort 8.53

msort is a program for sorting files in sophisticated ways.

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What's new in msort 8.53:

  • Adapted to be compatible with libtre 0.8
  • Removed unnecessary conditioning of Hybrid mapping code on availability of locale support.
  • Added -Z option for copying the first record to the output without sorting it. This is useful for sorting files with a header.
  • Considerably reduced the memory used for exclusions
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Bill Poser
ROOT \ Utilities
msort is a program for sorting files in sophisticated ways. msort project was originally developed for alphabetizing dictionaries of "exotic" languages, for which it has been extensively used, but is useful for many other purposes.

msort differs from typical sort utilities in providing greater flexibility in parsing the input into records and identifying key fields and greater control over the sort order.


The underlying command-line program msort should compile and run without difficulty on any POSIX-conformant system on which the TRE regular expression library is available. It is known to compile and run without modification under GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, and SunOs.

Under Mac OS X, the internationalization and localization libraries used by msort are not available. Msort will compile if you edit the Makefile and remove the flag -DINTLIZE.

The graphical user interface should run anywhere that Tcl/Tk is available, but a few features may not work on non-Unix systems. In particular, the Abort Sort command depends on the existence of a Unix-style kill program that can be used to send a signal to another process.

It is known to run under GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, and SunOS. msg will run properly under Mac OS X if you have installed X11 and use Tk-X11. msg now adapts itself to Tk-Aqua sufficiently well as to be usable, but some details remain to be dealt with.

Last updated on January 11th, 2010

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