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Re: sort

From: Bob Proulx
Subject: Re: sort
Date: Fri, 7 Jun 2002 14:21:25 -0600
User-agent: Mutt/1.3.28i

> While using sort ( textutils 2.0.11 ) I discovered that it seems to have
> a setting making  the  -d  option a default.
> Much data has to be sorted and may including an (_) underscore.  Is
> there a way to disable this option ?
> Dr. Vincent Kwiatkowski, VP Oprations

Thank you for your report.  But because of a large number of similar
reports I am confident that you have hit a common environment problem
not a sort problem.  Here is a standard reply.


Please check out the FAQ section on sort.


This is due to the fact that you or your vendor have set environment
variables that direct the program to use locale specific sorting
tables which do not sort as you expect. You or your vendor have
probably set environment variables like LANG, LC_ALL, or LANG to
en_US. There appears to be a problem with that table on some systems
which is not part of the GNU program but part of your vendor's system

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 it will then work the way you expect because it will use a
different set of tables.

See the standards documentation for more information on the locale
variables with regards to sort.


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