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Sorting before continuing

Question asked by kear1384 on Jul 16, 2013
Latest reply on Jul 16, 2013 by kear1384
I am interested in sorting via an attribute before running my script.  Currently I am trying to use an update cursor: (in_dataset,"","","", "attribute D")

It does not appear to work when I use the next search cursor. I sort as above then call the next line, check the fid and it is still 0. I tried to refresh in an attempt to make the sort stick but as of yet it has not worked. 

Do I have to use "Sort_management"?  I would like to complete the operation without creating a new .shp.  It seems that the lock Sort_management puts on the file prevents it from writing over its self.