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Re: sort --stable (-s) doesn't appear to work on my system

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: sort --stable (-s) doesn't appear to work on my system
Date: Tue, 8 Dec 2015 15:46:15 -0700
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On 12/08/2015 03:25 PM, Eric Blake wrote:
> On 12/08/2015 02:26 PM, Terry Farrah wrote:
>> I have a tab-separated file that I think is already sorted on the first 3
>> columns. Here is a 2-line sample in a file named foo:

>> $ sort --version
>> sort (GNU coreutils) 8.22
>> $ more /etc/*-release
>> ::::::::::::::
>> /etc/oracle-release
>> ::::::::::::::
>> Oracle Linux Server release 7.1
>> $ uname -r
>> 3.8.13-68.1.2.el7uek.x86_64
> I suspect that the most-likely culprit is a downstream vendor bug (it is
> not the first time that vendor I18N patches have caused sort to
> misbehave, where upstream is just fine).  For example,
> says that some builds of RHEL 7 coreutils 8.22 had a broken I18N patch
> that calls strcoll() on too much of the subject line.

And no wonder it felt like deja vu to me; I was the one that first
helped diagnose the downstream vendor bug, more than a year ago:

> But that's all the more I can point to - at this point, you'll have to
> take it up with Oracle.

<biased-opinion why='see my email address'>
If your vendor still hasn't fixed things after all that time, maybe you
should reconsider which vendor you use
</biased-opinion>   :)

Eric Blake   eblake redhat com    +1-919-301-3266
Libvirt virtualization library

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