Sorting Strings: How and Why so f\$&!ing hard?

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• Subject: [mg60802] Sorting Strings: How and Why so f\$&!ing hard?
• From: "Michael A. Gilchrist" <mikeg at utk.edu>
• Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2005 05:41:12 -0400 (EDT)
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```Hi,

I'm trying to sort the following list.  I eventually resorted to doing it
by hand but would like to know why Mathematica's sort won't do it.

In[1]= Sort[{"AG17.TXT", "BM14.TXT", "CC03.TXT", "GP21.TXT", "IG06.TXT",
"SDR19.TXT, AG18.TXT", "CA09.TXT", "CC04.TXT", "GP22.TXT", "PK07.TXT",
"SDR20.TXT, BM13.TXT", "CA10.TXT", "CD15.TXT", "IG05.TXT", "PK08.TXT"}]

Out[1]= {"AG17.TXT", "BM14.TXT", "CA09.TXT", "CA10.TXT", "CC03.TXT",
"CC04.TXT", "CD15.TXT", "GP21.TXT", "GP22.TXT", "IG05.TXT", "IG06.TXT",
"PK07.TXT", "PK08.TXT", "SDR19.TXT, AG18.TXT", "SDR20.TXT, BM13.TXT"}

Should this really be so hard?

Mike

```

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