Sorting a device list

Peter Steele psteele at
Sun Nov 29 05:56:55 UTC 2009

I had tried that. It doesn't work:

# ls -d1 /dev/ad* | sort -n

I want the ad10 to appear last...

-----Original Message-----
From: Giorgos Keramidas [mailto:keramida at] 
Sent: Saturday, November 28, 2009 4:31 PM
To: Peter Steele
Cc: freebsd-questions at
Subject: Re: Sorting a device list

On Sat, 28 Nov 2009 11:48:18 -0600, Peter Steele <psteele at> wrote:
> Can anyone recommend a quick and dirty way to sort a device list? For example, if I do this:
> ls /dev/ad* | sort
> I get something like this:
> /dev/ad10
> /dev/ad4
> /dev/ad6
> /dev/ad8

Just use `sort -n':

    ls -d1 /dev/ad* | sort -n

It should work fine even when there are non-numeric prefix strings.

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