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bug#9281: Is this expected behavior?

From: Eric Blake
Subject: bug#9281: Is this expected behavior?
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2011 06:04:48 -0600
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tag 9281 notabug

On 08/11/2011 12:31 AM, Ajesh Shaj wrote:

     I got a strange ordering when I applied the linux sort command. Please see 
below for the details:

address@hidden tmp]$ sort a

NOTE: .a and .b appears before ba and bb, where as .c appears after bc.

> Is this expected behavior?

Yep. And this is a FAQ, caused by you using a locale that ignores punctuation when determining sort order.


If you are using new enough coreutils, try:

sort --debug a

for better understanding what is happening, then compare to:

LC_ALL=C sort --debug a

(if your sort doesn't understand --debug, then it is still useful to try LC_ALL=C sort a).

Eric Blake   address@hidden    +1-801-349-2682
Libvirt virtualization library http://libvirt.org

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