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Sort ls output in true numerical order
Authored by: bdm on Jul 25, '03 09:52:22PM

The problem with
ls | sort +0.4n
is that you only see one file per line. To correct this you can pipe it through pr as well:
ls | sort +0.4n | pr -at -4
The -4 is the number of columns. -at will sort across the page. If you want sorting down the columns like ls usually does, use something like
ls | sort +0.4n | pr -tl9999 -4

The reason you see only one line per file in the original hint is that ls always does that when writing into a pipe unless you add the -C switch. However -C is no use in this application because the sorting becomes too hard.



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