Re: [Rd] sort yields different results on OS X (PR#14163)

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2009 12:18:46 +0000 (GMT)

As the help says

      The sort order for character vectors will depend on the collating
      sequence of the locale in use: see ĄComparisoną.

and that ref says

      Collation of
      non-letters (spaces, punctuation signs, hyphens, fractions and so
      on) is even more problematic.

That different OSes use the same name for a locale does not make them the same locale.

Note that R can be compiled to use ICU, which provides a well-considered collation suite. R on Mac OS X uses ICU, as does a Linux build if it is available -- so I would say that it is RHEL that is out of line here (it makes little sense to have < and > far apart in the collation sequence).

Why did you report a documented difference as a bug?

On Mon, 21 Dec 2009, jeffreys_at_rand.org wrote:

> Full_Name: Jeffrey Sullivan
> Version: 2.10
> OS: Mac
> Submission from: (NULL) (130.154.0.250)
>
>
> Sort produces different results when sorting strings with non-alphanumeric
> characters, depending on the operating system:
>
> RHEL 5.2, R 2.10.0
> -------------
>> v <- c("1","<0",">3","2")
>> Sys.setlocale("LC_COLLATE","en_US.UTF-8")
> [1] "en_US.UTF-8"
>> sort(v)
> [1] "<0" "1" "2" ">3"
>
> Max OS 10.5.8, R 2.10.1
> -------------------
>> v <- c("1","<0",">3","2")
>> Sys.setlocale("LC_COLLATE","en_US.UTF-8")
> [1] "en_US.UTF-8"
>> sort(v)
> [1] "<0" ">3" "1" "2"
>
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