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Nautilus – GLib Library Hack to sort file like LS

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For years, everybody list files on unix based on LC_COLLATE.
Then Gnome developpers decide to interpret number in filename…

Strange choice, and we cannot personalize this.

ls show something like

001  004  1  A  B  a  b

and for example, nautilus show:

1 001  004  A  B  a  b

This behavior use command g_utf8_collate_key_for_filename from Glib library.
Thank you to
* + 30 related bugs opened

This little override this function with g_utf8_collate_key.


Compilation dependencies

sudo apt-get install libglib2.0-dev


make all

Install and usage

To override this behavior, this library need to be preload before each program who use Glib library.
Todo that you can

set it before call from command line or from .desktop shortcut:

LD_PRELOAD=/pathToYourLib/ nautilus

set globally on gnome session:

echo "export LD_PRELOAD=/pathToYourLib/" >> ~/.gnomerc

and restart your gnome session. Be careful, this settings produce effect on whole gnome session.

or more simply

make install

this command will create a libs directory in your home, copy library, and append LD_PRELOAD to ~/.gnomerc


Before open an issue, please follow this guide

Test required

to verify that it works, create some dummy files.


touch 001
touch 004
touch 1
touch 4
touch a
touch A
touch b
touch B

ls will show:

001  004  1  4  a  A  b  B

nautilus on a standard installation will show:

1 001 4 004  a  A  b  B

With hack nautilus will show

001  004  1  4  a  A  b  B


before anything, kill any nautilus process

ps -aux | grep nautilus
kill -9 nautilusProcess

launch it from lib directory to test it:

LD_PRELOAD=./ nautilus .

Related bug :

Enjoy !