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Contradiction in man page for cut(1) ??

Currently, the man page for cut(1) says

        list is a comma or whitespace separated set of increasing
        numbers and/or number ranges.  <cut>  Numbers and number ranges
        may be repeated, overlapping, and in any order.

If the numbers (and ranges) can appear "in any order," how can there be a requirement that they be "increasing"?


Interestingly, there seems to be no requirement that the second number in a range is at least as large as the first number. Is the range x-y functionally equivalent to y-x ?

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