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bug#28228: split issue?

From: Assaf Gordon
Subject: bug#28228: split issue?
Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2017 15:59:43 -0600
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tag 28228 notabug
close 28228


On 24/08/17 02:02 PM, Xikai Jiang wrote:
> When I use 'split -d -l 3 my.file' to split a file, there seems to be a 
> discontinuity in the numeric suffixes of the resulting files (x89 to x9000, 
> see the attached image.)
> Could you help on this issue?

behavior is by design.
Please read about it here:

The reasoning is:
"It's done like that so there is no limit to the number of output files,
but also that those output files sort correctly with a lexical sort.
If you want consecutive numbers then specify enough digits with -a5 etc."
(from: https://debbugs.gnu.org/cgi/bugreport.cgi?bug=20874).

As such I'm closing this bug report, but discussion can continue
by replying to this thread.

 - assaf

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