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How can I sort a file in a function? Bourne Shell

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I have a file I want to sort... which I'm able to do to directly at the command line by simply typing

sort file.txt for instance

but I'm trying to make a shell function that does the same thing.. for example if I type

./test.sh file.txt

but I can't get it to work.. instead it's messing up my code directly for some reason.. or maybe i should be using something that's not "sort"? any help would be great, thanks
#!/bin/sh
sort $0

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You're creating a shell script not a shell function (functions are generally contained within shell scripts)

$0 refers to the script, so in you case you would be trying to run

sort ./test.sh

You need to use $1

or $* if you want to specify multiple files.
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sigh i been trying to figure it out for like an hour and it was soo simple.. thank you
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