CFT: new BSD-licensed sort available

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-ports-local at
Sun Mar 18 15:33:26 UTC 2012

Oleg Moskalenko <oleg.moskalenko at> writes:

> Yes, indeed, there was an old sort syntax, where they supported it in a form "+POS1 -POS2". It is a non-POSIX obsolete syntax, so we did not implement it in the new BSD sort. I can add it, if necessary.

If anyone asked for my opinion, I'd say that I'd prefer to see this
syntax stamped out instead; it's unnecessary, confusing, and has been
considered obsolete for decades. A quick look over my workstation's
filesystems shows just a few uses: in texconfig, libtool, something in
X11/config, maybe a handful more.

I'm not sure what the best answer is in practice, but I'm willing to
spend some of my time working on it if that helps.

Be well.

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