At least on Alpha, but maybe also on other platoform a collating
sequence supplied in /usr/share/locale/en_US/LC_COLLATE
seems to fold upper and lower case thus rendering sorting utilities
rather ineffective. The reason I suspect that is that in order to
restore some sanity in sort one has to unset both LANG and LC_ALL
environment variables. If at least one of these is set to en_US
then sort colapses.
Curiously enough 'ls' also appears to consult LC_COLLATE if one
of variables above is set but it is not affected by this bogosity.
(changed to all platforms, it affects all of them)
assign to jakub
That's how en_US collation should look like (the case of characters matters
only when the strings are equal in case insensitive comparison).
Basically, if you want ASCII sorting, use POSIX/C locale, if you want the
sorting people have been doing for centuries, use your locale.
ls is still using strcmp while it should use strcoll, it will be changed
in the future.