Review Request: Add global option to turn off "natural sorting" of user visible strings.

Peter Penz peter.penz at
Mon Aug 17 23:41:40 BST 2009

On Tuesday, 18. August 2009 00:20:47 Matthew Woehlke wrote:
> (see subject)
> While you're looking at this, any chance of fixing natural sorting where
> it is currently broken?
> Specifically, sorting of hexadecimal or other
> base-greater-than-10 numbers? (I have at least one directory of stuff
> that is base-36 numbering, that sorts very wrongly. Actually, this makes
> something of an argument for per-directory options...)

Natural sorting is not "broken" in this case. There is no way for the compare 
function to know the semantics of a string: Should F1.jpg be handled as a 
hexadezimal value or not?

I'm really against a per-directory option, as this hexadezimal-example is a 
corner case for a small group of users which does not justify a user visible 
UI option "[x] Natural Compare" inside a top-level-menu IMO.

My problem in this discussion: I'm sure on kde-core-devel there are a lot of 
participants of this small group ;-)

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