CFT: new BSD-licensed sort available

Chad Perrin code at
Thu Mar 15 00:54:55 UTC 2012

On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 04:59:21PM +0100, Gabor Kovesdan wrote:
> some time ago I started writing a BSDL sort variant from scratch
> since the OpenBSD version did not support multibyte locales and was
> hard to modify. The development was a bit stalled but recently, Oleg
> Moskalenko <oleg.moskalenko at> showed interest in
> continuing this version and he has made a very good job on this BSD
> sort variant. Now it is compatible with the base version of GNU sort
> but the performance in most cases (string sort and -n) is quite
> behind GNU sort (although with -g it is about *4 times* faster).
> Oleg is still working on optimizing the code and the long-term plan
> is to drop GNU sort once this variant is good enough to replace it.
> For now, it is only available in Ports Collection as
> textproc/bsdsort but if there is no objection or any serious bug
> report I plan to add it to base installed as bsdsort, being GNU sort
> still the default sort until it proves that we can safely drop GNU
> sort. If you are interested in this sort utility, could you please
> try the port and report us any issue that you experience?

I meant to send this email yesterday.

It's on Twitter:!/CopyfreeNews/status/179985533911576576

I'll be testing the bsdsort for my own purposes, and report back if I
have any problems.  Thanks for the hard work!

Chad Perrin [ original content licensed OWL: ]

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