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Re: master 71783e9: Add the string-numeric-lessp function

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: master 71783e9: Add the string-numeric-lessp function
Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2016 18:06:26 -0800
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Juri Linkov wrote:
Still this is the weirdest sorting order that I've ever seen
where single backups come before, but numbered backups after:

   -rw-r--r--  1 158,018  Mar  8 01:04 dired.el~
   -rw-r--r--  1 158,018  Mar  8 01:05 dired.el
   -rw-r--r--  1 158,018  Mar  8 01:01 dired.el.~1~
   -rw-r--r--  1 158,018  Mar  8 01:02 dired.el.~2~
   -rw-r--r--  1 158,018  Mar  8 01:03 dired.el.~3~

I like it, as it clearly separates the two backup styles in the hopefully rare case where people have edited the same file with different backup styles. (I don't use numbered backups so I don't run into the latter sort of names much.)

As it happens, someone complained about this GNU ls behavior many years ago:


with a response essentially the same as mine (great minds think alike ...):


Presumably the behavior could be changed in GNU 'ls', though this sounds low priority. Anyway, I'd rather have Emacs and 'ls' behave the same by default, when sorting by version; that seems like a no-brainer.

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