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Re: svn list - sorting (natural sort)

From: Ryan Schmidt <subversion-2004_at_ryandesign.com>
Date: 2005-02-06 18:59:27 CET

On 06.02.2005, at 00:46, allan juul wrote:

> is there a way to tweak the sort order of a "svn list URL" ?
> our tagging are basically numbers:
> module/v_1
> module/v_3
> module/v_20
> module/v_112
> the above list will be sorted like this :
> module/v_1
> module/v_112
> module/v_20
> module/v_3
> it's not the greatest issue, but would sometimes be nice to be able to
> supply a "sort-by" option on the command line.

I think the "Unix way" would be to pipe the output of "svn list URL" to
a separate sorting program.

The man page for "sort" didn't hint at a way to get it to do
natural-order sorting, so here's a PHP script you can pipe your output


$lines = array();
while (($line = fgets(STDIN, 1024)) !== false) {
        $lines[] = $line;

usort($lines, 'strnatcmp');

echo implode($lines, '');


This doesn't have "sort"'s nice ability to specify which
space-delimited field to sort on, but that could of course be added.

You could undoubtedly write a similar script in Perl or Ruby or C or
any other language you like; I just happen to like PHP.

Ways to do this in Perl, Ruby and C are available here:


(Yes, SourceFrog, not SourceForge.)

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