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Re: sort version 2.0e

From: Bob Proulx
Subject: Re: sort version 2.0e
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2001 11:31:23 -0700 (MST)

> Using sort version 2.0e, provided by redhat 6.2, there is no difference
> beetween the command "sort" and the command "sort -f" , it is always
> "sort -f". Why this and why there is no way to recover the previous
> behaviour of sort, which sorted uppercase characters before lowercase
> ones?
> All scripts using previous version of sort are to be rewritten! (I used
> to use, and chaged back to older version 1.22)

Jim has previously answered these questions with the following


You are using the version of sort that comes with textutils-2.0
or newer and have reported a problem whereby it is sorting in
some non-ASCII order.

That is due not to a bug in sort, but to the fact that you have
set environment variables that direct sort to use improper locale-
specific tables (you or your vendor have probably set environment
variables like LANG, LC_ALL, or LANGUAGE to en_US).

Unset them, and then set LC_ALL to POSIX

  # If you use bash or some other Bourne-based shell,
  export LC_ALL=POSIX

  # If you use a C-shell,
  setenv LC_ALL POSIX

and sort will then work the way you expect.

BTW, in recent textutils test releases, sort --help output
includes this:

  *** WARNING ***
  This version of sort honors the locale settings in your environment.
  For example, if you set one of the LANG or LC_ALL environment variables
  to `en_US', then sort will work very differently than most people expect.
  If that's not what you want, then set LC_ALL to POSIX in your environment.

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