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### Re^4: two order sort

by BrowserUk (Pope)
 on Mar 05, 2013 at 03:49 UTC ( #1021739=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^3: two order sort
in thread two order sort

I forgot how to decorate for descending sort.

Just negate the field(s). Unary minus ('-') for numeric and boolean not ('~') for alpha:

```# Ascending numeric and ascending alpha
print for map{
unpack 'x[Na4]a*', \$_
} sort map{
local \$^W;
pack 'Na4a*', (0+\$_), substr( \$_, 1), \$_
} @a;;
0cjlf
0dvys
0uvmu
1akkn
1imwi
1lpys
1pjzw
2uwep
3hiyn
3jrkx
3myrn
3ozcw
3rqhx
3vkon
6excm
7axqf
7lbhj
8klfd
9ijei
9klou

# Descending numeric and ascending alpha
print for map{
unpack 'x[Na4]a*', \$_
} sort map{
local \$^W; pack 'Na4a*', -(0+\$_), substr( \$_, 1), \$_
} @a;;
0cjlf
0dvys
0uvmu
9ijei
9klou
8klfd
7axqf
7lbhj
6excm
3hiyn
3jrkx
3myrn
3ozcw
3rqhx
3vkon
2uwep
1akkn
1imwi
1lpys
1pjzw

# Ascending numeric and descending alpha
print for map{
unpack 'x[Na4]a*', \$_
} sort map{
local \$^W;
pack 'Na4a*', (0+\$_), ~substr( \$_, 1), \$_
} @a;;
0uvmu
0dvys
0cjlf
1pjzw
1lpys
1imwi
1akkn
2uwep
3vkon
3rqhx
3ozcw
3myrn
3jrkx
3hiyn
6excm
7lbhj
7axqf
8klfd
9klou
9ijei

# Decending numeric and descending alpha
print for map{
unpack 'x[Na4]a*', \$_
} sort map{
local \$^W;
pack 'Na4a*', -(0+\$_), ~substr( \$_, 1), \$_
} @a;;
0uvmu
0dvys
0cjlf
9klou
9ijei
8klfd
7lbhj
7axqf
6excm
3vkon
3rqhx
3ozcw
3myrn
3jrkx
3hiyn
2uwep
1pjzw
1lpys
1imwi
1akkn

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Re^5: two order sort
by AnomalousMonk (Canon) on Mar 05, 2013 at 07:04 UTC
```# Decending numeric and descending alpha
...
pack 'Na4a*', -(0+\$_), ~substr( \$_, 1), \$_
...
;;
0uvmu
0dvys
0cjlf
9klou
9ijei
8klfd
...
1imwi
1akkn

I think you fixed a  -substr( \$_, 1) (- vice ~) that was there originally, but I was still puzzled by the sorting of 0 before 9 in an otherwise descending numeric sort. Looking at the bit fields in detail tells the tale: the  -(0+\$_) expression should be  ~(0+\$_) instead (in this particular case at least) to produce an effective descending numeric ordering from an actual ascending lexicographic sort.

```>perl -wMstrict -le
"print unpack 'H*', pack 'N',  -0;
print unpack 'H*', pack 'N',  -1;
print unpack 'H*', pack 'N',  -2;
print unpack 'H*', pack 'N',  -9;
print unpack 'H*', pack 'N', -10;
print '';
;;
print unpack 'H*', pack 'N',  ~0;
print unpack 'H*', pack 'N',  ~1;
print unpack 'H*', pack 'N',  ~2;
print unpack 'H*', pack 'N',  ~9;
print unpack 'H*', pack 'N', ~10;
"
00000000
ffffffff
fffffffe
fffffff7
fffffff6

ffffffff
fffffffe
fffffffd
fffffff6
fffffff5
```>perl -wMstrict -le
"use List::Util qw(shuffle);
;;
my @a = qw(
0uvmu 3rqhx 8klfd 2uwep 9klou 3jrkx 6excm 1imwi 7axqf 1lpys
0dvys 3ozcw 7lbhj 1pjzw 9ijei 3hiyn 3vkon 1akkn 0cjlf 3myrn
);
;;
@a = shuffle @a;
;;
print for map{
unpack 'x[Na4]a*', \$_
} sort map{
local \$^W;  pack 'Na4a*', ~(0+\$_), ~substr( \$_, 1), \$_
} @a
"
9klou
9ijei
8klfd
7lbhj
7axqf
6excm
3vkon
3rqhx
3ozcw
3myrn
3jrkx
3hiyn
2uwep
1pjzw
1lpys
1imwi
1akkn
0uvmu
0dvys
0cjlf

Hmmm...     This is trickier than it looks. And it looks kinda tricky. (And I don't say that my little fix is general.)

You're right of course. You need ~ for both. (Seems I also forgot the details :)

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Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
"Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority".
In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.

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 [LanX]: (not a high priority bug because I can use some HTML entities in the second string) [Corion]: base64 is padded to a multiple of 4 chars (or something) [LanX]: misunderstanding, I joined them before converting to base64 [Corion]: Also, I would be wary of encodings and try to make really sure that both input strings are UTF-8. Maybe join the input strings from one source together to see whether they decode as bad or not [Corion]: LanX: Then the problem should persist without encoding to base64 too ;) [LanX]: I think it's a flag problem ... I'll produce a reprodocable example for SOPW [Corion]: "flag problem" to me sounds like "contains UTF-8 bytes but was never properly decoded to an UTF-8 string" [LanX]: not my code ... [choroba]: yeah, sounds like one of the strings is not flagged as UTF-8 [choroba]: which usually means its input wasn't handled correctly

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