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Author eryksun
Recipients Ben FrantzDale, cheryl.sabella, docs@python, eryksun, rhettinger, serhiy.storchaka, terry.reedy
Date 2018-04-25.15:47:39
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As I said, some file systems such as NTFS and ISO 9660 (or Joliet) store directories in lexicographically sorted order. NTFS does this using a b-tree and case-insensitive comparison, which helps the driver efficiently implement filtering a directory listing using a pattern such as "spam*eggs?.txt". (Filtering of a directory listing at the syscall level is peculiar to Windows and not supported by Python.)

I like the phrase "arbitrary order". I don't think it's wise for an application to ever depend on the order. Also, we usually want natural-language collation for display purposes (e.g. spam2.txt should come before spam10.txt), so we have to sort the result regardless of the file system.
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