[HEADS-UP] BSD sort coming to -CURRENT

Gabor Kovesdan gabor at FreeBSD.org
Tue May 8 15:51:25 UTC 2012

Hi Folks,

Oleg Moskalenko has been working very hard on BSD sort and by now we 
think it is compatible with the base version (and has even more 
features, the ideas mostly taken from the latest GNU sort) and it is 
efficient. I just updated the textproc/bsdsort port to the latest 
version so that people can test it and I plan to commit it to HEAD in 
some days, for now installed as "bsdsort", leaving GNU sort the default 
version. If someone has any objection, please raise it now. Future plans 
are to switch the logic and make BSD sort default once it has undergone 
enough testing and finally drop GNU sort permanently if no problems appear.

Note that the strcoll() and wcscoll() implementations of FreeBSD are 
incomplete so neither GNU sort nor the new BSD sort work 100% correctly 
with multi-byte locales but once the underlying functions are 
implemented, BSD sort will just work fine.


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