|JOIN(1)||General Commands Manual||JOIN(1)|
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joinutility performs an “equality join” on the specified files and writes the result to the standard output. The “join field” is the field in each file by which the files are compared. The first field in each line is used by default. There is one line in the output for each pair of lines in file1 and file2 which have identical join fields. Each output line consists of the join field, the remaining fields from file1 and then the remaining fields from file2. The default field separators are tab and space characters. In this case, multiple tabs and spaces count as a single field separator, and leading tabs and spaces are ignored. The default output field separator is a single space character. Many of the options use file and field numbers. Both file numbers and field numbers are 1 based, i.e., the first file on the command line is file number 1 and the first field is field number 1. When the default field delimiter characters are used, the files to be joined should be ordered in the collating sequence of sort(1), using the
-boption, on the fields on which they are to be joined, otherwise
joinmay not report all field matches. When the field delimiter characters are specified by the
-toption, the collating sequence should be the same as sort(1) without the
-boption. If one of the arguments file1 or file2 is ‘-’, the standard input is used. The options are as follows:
,’) or whitespace separated. (The latter requires quoting to protect it from the shell, or a simpler approach is to use multiple
2may be specified at the same time.
joinutility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs. awk(1), comm(1), lam(1), paste(1), sort(1), uniq(1)
joinutility is compliant with the IEEE Std 1003.1-2008 (“POSIX.1”) specification. In the absence of the
-ooption, historical versions of
joinwrote non-matching lines without reordering the fields. The current version writes the join field first, followed by the remaining fields. For compatibility with historical versions of
join, the following options are available:
joinpermitted multiple arguments to the
-ooption. These arguments were of the form “file_number.field_number” as described for the current
-ooption. This has obvious difficulties in the presence of files named “1.2”.
joinutility appeared in Version 7 AT&T UNIX.
|January 19, 2014||OpenBSD-current|