in reply to Spanish locale and name sorting

I'm no expert, but after reading perllocale it seems that checking the LANG environmetal variable might relevant to your issue... It is possible to override the language selection of a locale after the fact within many Unix systems. Sometimes I've seen an LC_LANG variable as well, or NLS_LANG (I think Oracle uses NLS_ variables for instance)

Might you examine your %ENV{} in the running Perl program and report back the LC_ variables? And anything that contains lang? These usually are locale related if my memory serves.

Here's some quick code that might work -- reply back with the output if your still 'bugged' by the sort order and I'll be happy to take a closer look. I know Spanish (Madrid, Spain) somewhat well and understand what your trying to achieve.

foreach my $env (keys %ENV){ if($env =~ /^LC_/i || $env =~ /lang/i){ print "$env => $ENV{$env}\n"; } }

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