mksort - sort the standard input, allowing arbitrarily long lines

     /usr/lib/smail/mksort [ -f ] [ file ...  ]

     Mksort takes lines as input, sorts them by the  first  field  and  writes
     them  to the standard output.  The first field is delimited by whitespace
     or by the colon character (:).  The lines can be of any length,  as  long
     as  the  entire  input  can  be  stored  in  memory.  With -f the sort is
     performed independent of case, so that the letter ``A'' compares equal to
     the letter ``a'' and ``a'' is always less than ``B.''

     If no input  files  are  specified,  the  standard  input  is  read.   In
     addition,  if a filename of - is given, the standard input is inserted at
     that point.

     The mksort program can be used in combination with mkline(8)  to  produce
     sorted files containing arbitrarily large aliases or paths which can then
     be read by a smail(8) pathalias router or aliasfile director.  The router
     or director should be configured to use the bsearch file access protocol.
     See smail(5) for more information on routers and directors.

     As an example of the use of mksort with mkline consider a file,  aliases,
     containing the following aliasing information:

          Postmaster:       hustead               # Ted Hustead, jr.
          UUCP-Postmasters: tron, chongo          # namei contacts
                            yamato                # kremvax contact
          tron:             tron@namei.uucp (Ronald S. Karr)
          yamato:           yamato@kremvax.ussr.comm (Yamato T. Yankelovich)
          chongo:  (Landon Curt Noll)

     Given this file, the command mkline aliases | mksort -f will yield:

          UUCP-Postmasters:tron,chongo yamato

     mkline(8), mkdbm(8), smail(5), smail(8), pathalias(8).

     Copyright(C)1987, 1988 Ronald S. Karr and Landon Curt Noll
     Copyright(C)1992 Ronald S. Karr
     See a file COPYING, distributed with the source code, or type  smail  -bc
     for distribution rights and restrictions associated with this software.