Subject: Re: bin/20259: sort(1) numeric sort incorrect with -kn
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: None <email@example.com>
Date: 02/11/2003 10:49:57
> [ On Monday, February 10, 2003 at 08:37:27 (+1100), Giles Lean wrote: ]
> > Subject: Re: bin/20259: sort(1) numeric sort incorrect with -kn
> > The standard is more explicit: the sort modifiers may be appended
> > to field specifications. From UNIX98:
> > -k keydef
> > The keydef argument is a restricted sort key field
> > definition. The format of this definition is:
> > field_start[type][,field_end[type]]
> > where field_start and field_end define a key field restricted to
> > a portion of the line (see the EXTENDED DESCRIPTION section), and
> > type is a modifier from the list of characters b, d, f, i, n, r.
> Apples and oranges! NetBSD's sort(1) implements only:
> -k field1[,field2]
> Designates the starting position, field1, and optional ending
> position, field2, of a key field. The -k option replaces the
> obsolescent options +pos1 and -pos2.
> No claims are made about standards compatability.
Not compliance to a standard is a bad thing. So why the hesitation of changing