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Newsgroups: comp.unix.sco.misc
From: Bill Campbell <bill@celestial.com>
Subject: Re: beautiful moon
Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2000 03:58:58 GMT
Message-ID: <20001003205858.B22657@kstarr.celestial.com> 
References: <20001003232310.K3723@jpradley.jpr.com> 
Mail-Followup-To: "ScoMisc [c.u.s.m]" <scomsc@xenitec.on.ca>

You can also get a case insensitive sort by using standard sort options
like ``sort -fd''.  The -f says lower case characters into the equivalent
upper case, and the -d says Sort in `phone directory' order: ignore all
characters except letters, digits, and blanks.

Using any LANG setting other ``C'' can cause some very strange results when
one is doing system administration things where I expect a straight ascii

The first time I ran into this was when I was building gawk on a UnixWare
system when it failed the tests because sorts weren't producing the
expected results.

On Wed, Oct 04, 2000 at 03:23:10AM +0000, Jean-Pierre Radley wrote:
>In honor of the beautiful first quarter moon this evening, here's a
>free tip o' my hat:
>Instead of this listing when you list a directory:
>    AWF.IP
>    TFX.IP
>    appl
>    save.tar
>    ud
>you can have a case-insensitive sort, instead of strict ASCII order:
>    appl
>    AWF.IP
>    save.tar
>    TFX.IP
>    ud
>The first is produced under the default language setting of C_C.C,
>while the latter comes from setting LANG=english_us.8859 (or more
>conservatively, LC_COLLATE=english_us.8859) in your environment.

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