[rancid] Spurious up/down messages - locale & sort

Daniel Schmidt daniel.schmidt at wyo.gov
Tue Nov 22 17:45:59 UTC 2011

I really thought we had this one solved with the tr '[A-Z]' '[a-z]' but, as
it turns out, a dash is < or > digit depending if you locale is POSIX  or
en_US.UTF-8.  Cron runs as POSIX, so any manual updates have the
possibility of generating spurious up/down diffs.  Unable to think of a
good solution, I instead uttered profane words and implemented a quick

$ diff -U 4 control_rancid.bak control_rancid

--- control_rancid.bak  2011-11-22 10:15:36.000000000 -0700

+++ control_rancid      2011-11-22 10:19:51.000000000 -0700

@@ -42,8 +42,12 @@


 # control_rancid $GROUP


+# #*@& sort locale!!


+export LC_COLLATE


# print a usage message to stderr

pr_usage() {

     echo "usage: $0 [-V] [-r device_name] [-m mail rcpt] group" >&2;


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