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Re: Bugreport 'sort'

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: Bugreport 'sort'
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2008 15:21:44 +0000 (UTC)
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Pádraig Brady <P <at> draigBrady.com> writes:

> I wonder should we flag the common case on exit with something like:
> if (only_ascii_read && LC_COLLATE!="C" && !LC_ALL) {
>    fprintf(stderr, "Warning, sorting ASCII data in non C locale\n");

Nice thought.  But it would violate POSIX if done by default, and doing it by 
other that default would require the invention of a new option - and what are 
the chances that a newbie is going to be aware of the existence of a new GNU-
specific flag?

I think we're stuck with educating people about POSIX via a FAQ.

Eric Blake

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