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When you say "doesn't work", can you be more specific? i.e. tell us what DOES happen.
I wonder if the minus signs are relevant to what is happening?
pixellany, you got it right, it has to do something with the minus sign...if I keep all the numbers positive it is working well.
It somehow seems to be ignoring the negative signs while sorting. I tried all the above responses but it doesnt help. Could it be a bug (I am on Mandriva), or some kind of setting needs to be done so that negative signs are not ignored.
Last edited by ankursinha; 02-04-2009 at 04:33 AM.
Nice to hear the good news! For your information, you can use the command
to see the current settings based on the language you chose for your computer. They affect the behaviour of many different commands. Even a simple ls can sort entries in a different way if you change your current locale settings. Giving a different environment to some specific commands, using the env method as suggested above, is a very common task in order to prevent strange or unexpected behaviours.