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01/03/2013 - Linux 

Finding Unique Lines In Files

During the course of a workday, I encounter repeating information within data files; which contain usernames, orderIDs, or other single lines of text.
In many of these cases, I need to obtain a list of the unique lines within these files.  Here is how I accomplish it.

From the command line, use sort to reorder the file data & then pass it to uniq to remove similar consecutive lines.

sort FILE | uniq

The above command works fine if you don't mind the order of the lines being changed.


Another option is to use "sort -u" and then redirect the output to lpr or another file.

For example:

sort -u FILE | lpr

or

sort -u FILE >> OTHERFILE


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