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 forder(1)							   forder(1)




 NAME
      forder - convert file data order

 SYNOPSIS
      forder [-a] [-l] [-n] [file ...]

 DESCRIPTION
      The text orientation (mode) of a file can be right-to-left (non-Latin)
      or left-to-right (Latin).	 This text orientation can affect the way
      data is arranged in the file.  The data arrangements that result are
      called screen order and keyboard order.  forder converts the order of
      characters in the file from screen order to keyboard order or vice
      versa.

      forder reads the concatenation of input files (or standard input if
      none are given) and produces on standard output a converted version of
      its input.  If - appears as an input file name, forder reads standard
      input at that point (use -- to delimit the end of options in such
      instances).

      forder converts input files for all languages that are read from
      right-to-left.  Unless the -a option is used, the command merely
      copies input files to standard output for languages that are read from
      left-to-right.

    Options
      forder recognizes the following options:

	   -a	Convert file data order for languages read from left-to-
		right.

	   -l	Identify the file as having been created in Latin mode.

	   -n	Identify the file as having been created in non-Latin mode.

 EXTERNAL INFLUENCES
    Environment Variables
      The LANGOPTS environment variable determines the mode and order of the
      file.  The syntax of LANGOPTS is:

	   [mode] [_order]

      where mode describes the mode of a file: l represents Latin mode, and
      n represents non-Latin mode.  Non-Latin mode is assumed for values
      other than l and n.  The order describes the data order of a file: k
      is keyboard, and s is screen.  Keyboard order is assumed for values
      other than k and s.  Mode information in LANGOPTS can be overridden
      from the command line.

      The LC_ALL environment variable determines the direction of a language
      (left-to-right or right-to-left).



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 forder(1)							   forder(1)




      The LC_NUMERIC environment variable determines whether a language has
      alternative numbers.

      The LANG environment variable determines the language in which
      messages are displayed.

    International Code Set Support
      Single-byte character code sets are supported.

 EXAMPLES
      The following command begins with file1, which exists in screen order,
      converts it to keyboard order, sorts the keyboard-ordered output,
      converts it back to screen order, and redirects the output to file2.
      Note that -n is given to inform forder that file1 was created in non-
      Latin mode.

	   forder -n file1 | sort | forder -n >&gt&gt> file2

 WARNINGS
      It is the user's responsibility to ensure that the LANGOPTS
      environment variable accurately reflects the status of the file.

      If present, alternative numbers always have a left-to-right
      orientation.

      The forder command is HP proprietary, not portable to other vendors'
      systems, and will not be provided in future HP-UX releases.

 AUTHOR
      forder was developed by HP.

 SEE ALSO
      environ(5), strord(3C), nljust(1).





















 Hewlett-Packard Company	    - 2 -   HP-UX Release 11i: November 2000