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ls -la behavior change. Feature or Bug?

From: Thomas Linden
Subject: ls -la behavior change. Feature or Bug?
Date: Sun, 3 Mar 2002 03:45:05 +0100
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I realized a change of the behavior of "ls -la" in the latest
version. It does no more list dotfiles at the beginning of
the listing, instead it ignores the dots and sorts the files
based on the 2nd character.

While this "feature" might be funny for some people, I find
it annoying. ls is a standard unix utility and as such it
should not change it's well known behavior. Especially not
in such a way. Beside I didn't find this change mentioned in
the changelog.

So, what I am asking for is: As a user of ls I don't want this.
Is it possible to turn it off and if yes - how? Will this feature
stay forever in ls? What ls should I use if this bug (what it
IMHO is) will be there forever? Would you agree to provide a
second version of ls to the source tree, say "good-old-ls",
which people can use if they don't like that the behavior of
ls changes, like me?

regards, Tom

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