[HEADS-UP] BSD sort coming to -CURRENT

Gabor Kovesdan gabor at FreeBSD.org
Fri May 11 13:07:49 UTC 2012

On 2012.05.08. 17:51, Gabor Kovesdan wrote:
> 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. 
As I announced before, today finally I've committed BSD sort to 
-CURRENT. By default, it will be "bsdsort" and GNU sort will be 
installed as "sort", like before. If you can, please opt in for the 
default BSD sort by setting WITH_BSD_SORT, which will cause that BSD 
sort is installed as "sort" and GNU sort will be "gnusort". If no bugs 
appear and portmgr can run an exp-run for default BSD sort, I'll switch 
the logic to a default BSD sort.


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