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Re: sort acting like sort -d

From: EdelSys Consulting
Subject: Re: sort acting like sort -d
Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2001 06:37:54 -0700

Thanks that fixed it.  Silly Mandrake.  =P

At 07:04 AM 8/26/01 +0200, Jim Meyering wrote:
>EdelSys Consulting <address@hidden> wrote:
>> I am using Sort (GNU textutils) 2.0,
>> that came with my Linux Mandrake distro,
>> and it is ignoring all nonalphanumeric characters
>> when I try to sort a file with it.  It's as
>> if I am doing a sort -d, except that I am NOT
>> specifying the -d, and I also have verified
>> that the sort command is not being aliased by
>> bash to add the -d.
>> Why is this happening?
>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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