Ben - I think what they're trying to tell you, at least about the sort options, is that the syntax of the provided sort field follows the same syntax as the commandline sort (so, "man sort" at a terminal prompt, or google search, can help you out there). I opened a document and confirm that this is so (e.g., using "-k 9 -r" in the field will tell mcedit to sort, keying on field 9 and reversed).

I believe that you may be stuck as far as the help document support for the larger "mcedit" program. "man mcedit" provides some information, but not, as you probably know, the kind of detail you're asking for. The manpage references cooledit but that editor is no longer in common circulation. I tried to download and compile it on my Kubuntu 20.04 system but nothing doing. It may be too old (2018 is the datestamp on it).



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On Thu, May 26, 2022 at 7:04 AM Ben <2blkbelt nemontel net> wrote:
To be clear, I'm not asking about sorting the file lists in mc.

I'm asking about sorting lines of text in **mcedit.** In mc, hit F4 on a text file, you're in mcedit.

There's an options menu, that contains a sort command that will sort selected lines of text (text line selection is done with F3.) The default order was reversed from what I needed. I found that entering "-r" in the dialog reversed the mcedit text sort. I found this -r option by outright guessing. I could not find any documentation on this at all.

So what I'm asking is, where is the documentation for what can be fed into that dialog in order to make more sophisticated text sorts in mcedit. Such as the -r reverse option I lucked into. Failing that, someone familiar with the mcedit source code could perhaps explain how it actually works by actually examining the source code.

I have no issue with the sorting of file lists in mc. This is about mcedit text sorts, in the editor, and nothing else.


On Thu, May 26, 2022 at 5:56 AM Anony Mous <fyngyrz gmail com> wrote:

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