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sortbib(1)                       User Commands                      sortbib(1)

       sortbib - sort a 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
       program 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.

       The most common key-letters and their meanings are given below.

       %A       Author's name

       %B       Book containing article referenced

       %C       City (place of publication)

       %D       Date of publication

       %E       Editor of book containing article referenced

       %F       Footnote number or label (supplied by refer)

       %G       Government order number

       %H       Header commentary, printed before reference

       %I       Issuer (publisher)

       %J       Journal containing article

       %K       Keywords to use in locating reference

       %L       Label field used by -k option of refer

       %M       Bell Labs Memorandum (undefined)

       %N       Number within volume

       %O       Other commentary, printed at end of reference

       %P       Page number(s)

       %Q       Corporate or Foreign Author (unreversed)

       %R       Report, paper, or thesis (unpublished)

       %S       Series title

       %T       Title of article or book

       %V       Volume number

       %X       Abstract -- used by roffbib, not by refer

       %Y,Z     Ignored by refer

       By default, sortbib alphabetizes by the first %A  and  the  %D  fields,
       which contain the senior author and date.

       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 considered 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  sorting  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 field.

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

       -sKEYS   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.

       See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       tab()     allbox;     cw(2.750000i)|    cw(2.750000i)    lw(2.750000i)|
       lw(2.750000i).  ATTRIBUTE TYPEATTRIBUTE VALUE AvailabilitySUNWdoc

       addbib(1), indxbib(1), lookbib(1), refer(1), roffbib(1), attributes(5)

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

SunOS 5.10                        14 Sep 1992                       sortbib(1)