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Old 01-27-2012, 03:02 AM   #1
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Questions about sorting files between BASH and file navigators


Hi.

I have a folder of files with many similar names. This is how BASH 4.2.8 in GNOME Terminal (Ubuntu 11.04) sorts them:
Code:
Clipboard-1newer.jpg
gae100-10052-013-001.jpg
gae100-10052-057-003.jpg
gae73-7342-249-842.jpg
gae75-7586-007-105.jpg
gae75-7586-951-001.jpg
gae78-7888-666-001.jpg
gae79-7955-032-001.jpg
gae88-8850-253-003.jpg
gae88-8850-254-001.jpg
gae88-8877-167-004.jpg
gae95-9598-078-001.jpg
gae95-9598-103-002.jpg
gae95-9598-115-007.jpg
gae95-9598-124-005.jpg
gae95-9598-186-003.jpg
gae95-9598-190-005.jpg
gae96-9616-022-003.jpg
While Nautilus 2.3.2.2, Dolphin 1.6.1, Konqueror 4.6.5 and my Windows 7 Explorer (in any view mode you care to mention) sort the same folder of files like this:
Code:
Clipboard-1newer.jpg
gae73-7342-249-842.jpg
gae75-7586-007-105.jpg
gae75-7586-951-001.jpg
gae78-7888-666-001.jpg
gae79-7955-032-001.jpg
gae88-8850-253-003.jpg
gae88-8850-254-001.jpg
gae88-8877-167-004.jpg
gae95-9598-078-001.jpg
gae95-9598-103-002.jpg
gae95-9598-115-007.jpg
gae95-9598-124-005.jpg
gae95-9598-186-003.jpg
gae95-9598-190-005.jpg
gae96-9616-022-003.jpg
gae100-10052-013-001.jpg
gae100-10052-057-003.jpg
You might notice that the files whose names start with "gae100-" are being sorted based on the value of "100" as a number, rather than, as appears to be the case in GNOME Terminal, the number "100" as a "10" with a "0" to the right of it.

My questions are:

1. Is there a name for how the three file navigators do it, like "natural order" ?
2. Is it possible to get BASH to list and sort the same way ?

I look forward to all the great and good replies.

BZT
 
Old 01-27-2012, 03:17 AM   #2
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I assume you mean when you use "ls" in bash.

Code:
~/tmp $ ls | sort -nr
gae96-9616-022-003.jpg
gae95-9598-190-005.jpg
gae95-9598-186-003.jpg
gae95-9598-124-005.jpg
gae95-9598-115-007.jpg
gae95-9598-103-002.jpg
gae95-9598-078-001.jpg
gae88-8877-167-004.jpg
gae88-8850-254-001.jpg
gae88-8850-253-003.jpg
gae79-7955-032-001.jpg
gae78-7888-666-001.jpg
gae75-7586-951-001.jpg
gae75-7586-007-105.jpg
gae73-7342-249-842.jpg
gae100-10052-057-003.jpg
gae100-10052-013-001.jpg
You can pipe the output of ls to sort, as shown above.
"man sort" for more information
 
  


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