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Re: <> doesn't sort numerically

steve@xxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
>     Peter> Perhaps it's actually a bit counterintuitive.  Would it
>     Peter> actually be more sensible for <> always to produce globbing
>     Peter> in numerical order?  I haven't looked at the source but
>     Peter> presumably it's not too hard.
> Yes.  Especially since a semi-clueless person could always bruteforce
> the current behavior with $(ls <>).  Although, I suppose, the same
> could be said for $(sort -n <>).

I'm inclined to agree.  Unfortunately, I've looked at the source and
it's not that easy:  the code for <> just checks for a number and adds
the file name to the list, while sorting of names happens altogether
at the end.  I'll try and think of a way of doing it.  I doubt if it's
worth rewriting the code to order the files as we go along just to
achieve this.

As you mentioned, the manual doesn't talk about NUMERIC_GLOB_SORT in
the globbing section, which is a mistake.  Here's an addition.

*** Doc/zshexpn.1.num	Tue Nov  7 04:44:02 1995
--- Doc/zshexpn.1	Tue Nov 14 11:02:41 1995
*** 376,381 ****
--- 376,386 ----
  matches the files "." or "..".  In other instances of pattern
  matching, the / and . are not treated specially.
+ Normally, sorting occurs in straightforward lexical order.  However,
+ if the option \fBNUMERIC_GLOB_SORT\fP is set,  any numbers contained
+ within a pattern. however matched, will be sorted numerically.  This
+ does not affect the ordering of separate words on the command line.
+ .PP
  .PD 0

Peter Stephenson <pws@xxxxxx>       Tel: +49 33762 77366
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