sorting on time and date

Alan Stewart astewart at
Mon Jul 24 15:25:55 CDT 2000

On 24 Jul 00, at 10:46, Steve Meier wrote:

>Hello all,
>I am trying to sort some files. When I collect my data, I name the files
>mm/dd/yy-hh/mm. (e.g. 7-24-00-9:40). I am using the standard sort
>function to try to achieve my results:

Your example of 7-24-00-9:40 isn't in mm/dd/yy-hh/mm format.
07/24/00-09/40 would be. If you want to sort the whole string, the fields need 
to be fixed length.

>@sorted = sort {$a <=> $b} @unsorted;

I am surprised you are not getting a "non-numeric argument" error from using 
<=> instead of cmp with those alphabetic characters  ( : or / ) in there.

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