I have a requirement where i need to sort and merge 2 flat files on a
Dec Alpha unix server.
$ uname -a gives
OSF1 hostname V4.0 564 Alpha
The files have approx. 50 million rows each, with rows of around 1000
The sort is rather straight-forward, on 2 fixed-width fields in the
files. I have no idea how efficient unix sort will be on such a
sort/merge nor do i have the resources to test this with real data at
this point. I am not worried about the time it is going to take, but
more on whether unix sort can handle such a volume of data.
I also came across a 3rd party appl. SyncSort which i believe is
effiicient, but much more powerful than what i need, which is just a
simple sort. Is it worth investing money on SyncSort for such a simple
Will unix sort work for me? Are there any freeware utilities available
for my need?
Thanks in advance for any advice.