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bug#6972: bug in sorting floats

From: Eric Blake
Subject: bug#6972: bug in sorting floats
Date: Thu, 02 Sep 2010 12:10:26 -0600
User-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux x86_64; en-US; rv: Gecko/20100806 Fedora/3.1.2-1.fc13 Mnenhy/0.8.3 Thunderbird/3.1.2

[forwarding on your mail to the list, to close this out]

On 09/02/2010 11:55 AM, saddy wrote:
Thanks for your reply. In my last mail some spaces have been lost, so
now indeed it is line 5 to sort.

The spaces were gone before your original mail hit my inbox. From the mail headers of your original mail, I see you use Thunderbird:

User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux x86_64; en-US;
        rv: Gecko/20100713 Thunderbird/3.0.6

which has a known issue where pasting text or replying to a prior email can result in Tbird eating spaces prior to words starting with <, >, and &. That's probably the explanation.

I've found out that it has been my fault. I have locale de_DE.UTF-8,
therefore sort is assuming ',' for floats. With en locale it's working

Ah, an issue with locales.

And yes, the new 'sort --debug' tries to make locale issues obvious, since that's the first thing it outputs:

$ sort --debug -k6g test.txt
sort: using `en_US.UTF-8' sorting rules

Glad to know it's not a bug.

Eric Blake   address@hidden    +1-801-349-2682
Libvirt virtualization library http://libvirt.org

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