MirBSD manpage: sortbib(1)

SORTBIB(1)                   BSD Reference Manual                   SORTBIB(1)


     sortbib - sort bibliographic database


     sortbib [-s KEYS] database ...


     Sortbib sorts files of records containing refer key-letters by user-
     specified keys. Records may be separated by blank lines, or by '.[' and
     '.]' delimiters, but the two styles may not be mixed together. This pro-
     gram reads through each database and pulls out key fields, which are
     sorted separately. The sorted key fields contain the file pointer, byte
     offset, and length of corresponding records. These records are delivered
     using disk seeks and reads, so sortbib may not be used in a pipeline to
     read standard input.

     Option available:

     s     By default, sortbib alphabetizes by the first %A and the %D fields,
           which contain the senior author and date. The -s option is used to
           specify new KEYS. For instance, -sATD will sort by author, title,
           and date, while -sA+D will sort by all authors, and date. Sort keys
           past the fourth are not meaningful.

     No more than 16 databases may be sorted together at one time. Records
     longer than 4096 characters will be truncated.

     Sortbib sorts on the last word on the %A line, which is assumed to be the
     author's last name. A word in the final position, such as "jr." or "ed.",
     will be ignored if the name beforehand ends with a comma. Authors with
     two-word last names or unusual constructions can be sorted correctly by
     using the nroff convention "\0" in place of a blank. A %Q field is con-
     sidered to be the same as %A, except sorting begins with the first, not
     the last, word. Sortbib sorts on the last word of the %D line, usually
     the year. It also ignores leading articles (like "A" or "The") when sort-
     ing by titles in the %T or %J fields; it will ignore articles of any
     modern European language. If a sort-significant field is absent from a
     record, sortbib places that record before other records containing that


     refer(1), addbib(1), roffbib(1), indxbib(1), lookbib(1)


     Greg Shenaut, Bill Tuthill


     Records with missing author fields should probably be sorted by title.


     The sortbib command appeared in 4.2BSD.

4.2 Berkeley Distribution     September 4, 2020                              1

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