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evmsort(1)							   evmsort(1)


  evmsort - Sorts events


  evmsort [-A] [-s sort_spec] [-t show_template] [filename | -]


  -A  Automatically starts evmshow to produce a	formatted display of the
      sorted events.

  -s sort_spec
      The specification	to be used in sorting events. See the DESCRIPTION
      section for the syntax of	the sort_spec, and for details of the default
      sort order.

  -t show_template
      Template string to be passed to evmshow if the -A	option is also speci-
      fied. If the -A option is	not specified, this argument is	ignored. See
      the evmshow(1) reference page for	a description of the template string.


      Reads event sources from filename. If filename is	omitted, or is speci-
      fied as -, event sources are read	from stdin.


  The evmsort command reads and	sorts a	stream of EVM events. By default,
  events are read from stdin, and are sorted into ascending timestamp order.
  Sorted events	are written to the command's stdout stream in the form of raw
  EVM events.

  The sort order can be	specified by supplying a sort_spec, either through
  the -s option	or by setting the environment variable EVM_SORT_SPEC to	the
  required specification. The specification is a character string of the

       @key_item[+|-] [	:@key_item[+|-]	]

  The key_item is the name of any EVM standard data item and the @ character
  is optional. If the special key_item @@ is specified,	the event's format
  data item is expanded	as described in	the evmshow(1) reference page, and
  the resulting	string is used as the sort key.

  The optional trailing	+ or - character indicates ascending (+) or descend-
  ing (-) sort.	By default, items are sorted in	ascending order.

  Multiple items can be	specified in the string	by separating them with	colon
  characters (:). The left-most	key_item in the	specification is the most
  significant key.

  If a key_item	that is	included in the	sort specification is not present in
  an event read	from the input stream, the item	is considered to have a	low
  value	for that event.	For example: if	input events are being sorted in
  ascending order according to their name data items, and one event does not
  contain a name, that event will appear first in the output stream.

  If the -A option is specified, evmsort automatically starts evmshow and
  pipes	the sorted event stream	into it, producing a sorted and	formatted
  display of events. If	a show_template	argument is supplied, the specified
  template string is passed to evmshow through its own -t option. See the
  evmshow(1) reference page for	more information.


  The evmsort command rejects attempts to output raw events to a terminal


  The following	exit values are	returned:

  0   Successful completion

  not 0
      An error occurred


   1.  The following example retrieves all events with a priority of 300 or
       greater,	sorts them into	descending order of priority (most urgent
       first) and then ascending order of time (oldest first), and automati-
       cally runs evmshow to display them.
	    evmget -f '[priority >>= 300]' | evmsort -s "@priority-:@timestamp" |
		 evmshow -t "@priority	@timestamp  @@"

   2.  The following example yields a list of all events, sorted latest	first
       within name.
	    evmget | evmsort -s	"@name:@timestamp-" |
		 evmshow -t "@name  @timestamp	@@"

   3.  The following example yields a list of all events, sorted first in
       order of	their formatted	messages and then in ascending order of	time.
       Events are passed to evmshow for	display, and subsequently to the more
       command for viewing.
	    evmget | evmsort -A	-s "@@:@timestamp" -t "@timestamp  @@" | more


  The following	environment variables affect the execution of evmsort:

      This variable contains a string formatted	as described for a sort_spec.
      If the -s	option is omitted, the string is used as the sort_spec.


  Commands: evmget(1), evmpost(1), evmshow(1), evmwatch(1)

  Files: evmchannel.conf(4)

  Event	Management: EVM(5)

  EVM Events: EvmEvent(5)

  Event	Filter:	EvmFilter(5)