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The command sort is used to sort files line by line.  Lines starting with a number go first. Lines that come next in order go alphabetical with uppercase letters appearing before lowercase ones. Use cat to create "testsort" for the example. ~/Test>cat testsort A line 1 a line 2 8 line 3 line 4 5 line 5 ~/Test>sort testsort 5 line 5 8 line 3 A line 1 a line 2 line 4 R sorts by using a random hash of keys ~/Test>sort -R testsorta line 25 line 5A line 18 line 3line 4 ~/Test>sort -R testsort5 line 5A line 1a line 2line 48 line 3