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bug#22561: 25.0.90; dired alphabetic sort of listing handles leading '.'


From: Kevin Gallagher
Subject: bug#22561: 25.0.90; dired alphabetic sort of listing handles leading '.' strangely on MS Windows
Date: Sat, 06 Feb 2016 17:17:23 -0600
User-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:38.0) Gecko/20100101 Thunderbird/38.5.1

On 2/5/2016 3:58 PM, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 12:00:53 -0800 (PST)
From: Drew Adams <address@hidden>
Cc: address@hidden, address@hidden

   *** The ls-lisp package uses `string-collate-lessp' to sort file
names.
   If you want the old, locale-independent sorting, customize the new
   option `ls-lisp-use-string-collate' to a nil value.

OK to close this bug?
Why was the default behavior changed?
Because it's a better default.
Why?  What supporting reasons?
It's closer to what Emacs does on GNU/Linux.  It is also closer to
what the Windows Explorer does.

Was there discussion about that, or did someone just decide
it without discussion?
There were lots of discussions when this was introduced.

OK, since the change is documented, I agree it is clearly not a bug. But I would submit that, when using Emacs on Windows, having dired display a directory precisely the same way Windows Explorer displays it is a better default. To accomplish this, the following two customizations suffice.

In the Ls Lisp group, do the following:

-- toggle   Ls Lisp Uca Like Collation     to off (nil)
-- toggle   Ls Lisp Dirs First                    to on (non-nil)



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