Normal command :sort can sort lines based on column or virtual column (\%c or \%v), could the higher level logical column be used as sorting key? Using regular expression looks a little complex for this scenario (the column is around the end of the line?) and it looks similar as what the sort utility does (sork -k), but sort with this functionality is unavailable on Windows. Vim plug-in will also help.

For example, I'd like to sort the 2 lines below according to the last column separated by comma. My real scenario has much more columns and string pattern. Specify column delimiter will simplify it a lot.


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Vim's sort allows you to either skip {pattern}, or only consider it (with the r flag). A regular expression for the last comma-delimited column is easy to formulate: Skip everything until and including the last comma in a line:


For any other column, I would use the r flag, and skip N (here: 2) previous columns via \zs:

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    Since the last column happens to be a hex number using the x flag might also be helpful.
    – jecxjo
    May 22, 2015 at 19:22
  • This looks great. The last column may be a special case. Any simple representation for the middle columns?
    – Thomson
    May 23, 2015 at 3:15
  • I thought you were able to come up with something for that, but here you are. Please accept my (edited) answer by clicking on the outlined checkmark next to it. Thanks! May 23, 2015 at 9:56

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