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Re: Support bytesize comparison in sort

From: Mart Somermaa
Subject: Re: Support bytesize comparison in sort
Date: Fri, 02 Jun 2006 19:59:53 +0300
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Paul Eggert wrote:
> Also, I'm still leery of assuming properly scaled input.
> Is it that much harder to implement it correctly without that assumption?
Sorry, missed that bit in my previous mail... yes, as without that
assumption we have to use multiplication for normalization -- but then
we face the usual problems of value overflow and imprecise
floating-point comparison. That may lead to straightforward incorrect

But I really don't see what's wrong with that assumption. It holds for
other coreutils and that's what matters most. A clearly documented
limitation is not a bug, but a feature :) .

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