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Problems with fileutils 4.1

From: Dave Gotwisner
Subject: Problems with fileutils 4.1
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2001 11:45:22 -0700

The fileutils version 4.1 (specifically) "ls" are broken.

Downloading the trees (today) from ftp.gnu.org for 4.0 and 4.1 give versions of 4.0 and 4.1, respectively.  4.1 has the same problem behavior, 4.0 does not.  This is a result of my discovering a similar problem with Redhat 7.1 which ships with fileutils 4.0.36 (their label).

I have been using LS for 25 years on different platforms, and they all behaved consistently, the behavior on 4.1 is wrong, hence, I consider it broken.

What I am observing is that if you have a directory that contains dot files, capital letter files, and lower case letter files, and do an "ls -AF" command, the old (and in my opinion, correct) behavior is to put dot files first, and do a straight ascii sort, so the capital letter names appear before the lower case letter names.  The new behavior appears to ignore punctuation, and to do a non-ascii, case ignored sort, so README and readme.first appear contiguous in the directory listing.

ITthis behavioral change will break many scripts that depend upon the output of LS being consistent.

I have also reported this problem to Redhat.

A response is appreciated.

        Dave Gotwisner

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