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Old 11-25-2008, 02:49 AM   #1
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ascii sequence linux differrent to windows?


Hi,

New to Linux, I´ve tried to organize my files using _ or ` in the beginning of a directory-name. In windows using ¨___Private¨, this would result in this directory being sorted on top of all other directories.

In Lunux it will sort still op the P not on the _ (using Konqueror). If creating directories using only ` ~ _ - * or other symbols, they will rise to the top of a list of directories. But... when I use a a/z of 0/9 after these symbols in a name, sorting wil again change to 0/9 of a/z and the _ - ~ ` symbols seem to be ignored.

How can I change this?

I want to sort directories according to importance, using _____ or __

Thanks
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Old 11-26-2008, 11:52 AM   #2
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This doesn't really have anything to do with ASCII vs. <any other encoding system>.

The responsible for ordering the information is the application that you use to see the file names. So depending on the program that you use to list them they might be ordered in a slightly different way. If you use, let's say "ls" to list your files, you should look into the ls man and/or info pages and search for the keyword "sort". However, I don't know if you will be able to find such fine grained degree of control on how ls will display your files. The same goes for any other program.

There're specific tools to sort stuff, for example, the "sort" command. You might be able to achieve a greater degree of control if you pipe the output of ls into sort,

Code:
ls | sort <whatever params you need>
I don't know of any easy and automatic way to do this globally.
 
Old 11-26-2008, 11:54 AM   #3
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welcome to LQ!!

I think what you are seeing is a function of the particular tool. Ascii is ascii---it is an international standard and does vary between systems.

Which sorting tools are you using? (If konqueror, you could also try some other file managers like--eg--Thunar.
 
Old 11-26-2008, 11:55 AM   #4
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You can of course write a script with any sorting rules you want....
 
Old 11-27-2008, 06:33 AM   #5
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Thanks everyone for the answers. I'll try to find a application that works for me.
 
  


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