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Re: Bug in sort

From: Paddy Doyle \(Sysadmin\)
Subject: Re: Bug in sort
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2001 09:31:58 +0100 (IST)

Oops! Sorry, I should have caught that. Thanks for your help. :)


On Mon, 11 Jun 2001, Bob Proulx wrote:

> > There seems to be a bug in 'sort' from textutils-2.0 in how it treats
> > non-alphanumeric characters: it ignores them by default when sorting. I
> [...]
> Your report matches a common pattern.  Jim has previously answered
> these reports with the following mail.  Note that some vendors set
> those language variables for you without you being aware of them.
> Bob
> ========================================================================
> Jim Meyering writes:
> Thanks for the report.
> Here's the canned reply:
> ------------
> 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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