CFT: new BSD-licensed sort available

Oleg Moskalenko oleg.moskalenko at
Thu Mar 15 20:33:10 UTC 2012

In the "old" BSD sort, originated from OpenBSD, there was no -2 option, as far as I can see.


-----Original Message-----
From: Oleg Moskalenko 
Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 1:30 PM
To: 'Chris Rees'; Lowell Gilbert
Cc: Gabor Kovesdan; freebsd-ports at
Subject: RE: CFT: new BSD-licensed sort available

There is no option "-2" in the new BSD sort or in the GNU sort. There is no such option in Posix standard, too.

What is this option about, do we need to add something ?


-----Original Message-----
From: utisoft at [mailto:utisoft at] On Behalf Of Chris Rees
Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 12:50 PM
To: Lowell Gilbert
Cc: Gabor Kovesdan; Oleg Moskalenko; freebsd-ports at
Subject: Re: CFT: new BSD-licensed sort available

On 15 March 2012 19:18, Lowell Gilbert
<freebsd-ports-local at> wrote:
> Gabor Kovesdan <gabor at> writes:
>> 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?
> portsdb(1) (from portupgrade) doesn't seem to like it;
> apparently it is missing a '-2' option, which I haven't
> tracked down yet...

Fails with gnusort too anyway:

[crees at pegasus]~% gsort -2
gsort: invalid option -- '2'
Try `gsort --help' for more information.
[crees at pegasus]~%


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