Sort text files in place with Linux

Example:

I got a file named namelist.txt which contains an unordered list of names.

John
Angela
Pedro
Victor
Omar
sort -o namelist.txt namelist.txt
Angela
John
Omar
Pedro
Victor

Use cases:

Sort can help you keep text files ordered according to your requirements. I use it to order an alias dotfile after I add a new command at the bottom of the list. However, sort isn't useful for ordering source code, where arbitrary order is required.

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Víctor O. Álvarez Torres

Víctor O. Álvarez Torres

Software Developer & Computer Engineering graduate. Writes technology notes and thoughts. Creates glitches and video loops. victoralvarez.xyz