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strverscmp - compare two version strings
#define _GNU_SOURCE /* See feature_test_macros(7) */
int strverscmp(const char *s1, const char *s2);
Often one has files
, ..., jan9
and it feels wrong when
, ..., jan2
, ..., jan9
In order to rectify this, GNU introduced the
which is implemented using
which again uses
Thus, the task of
is to compare two strings and find the "right" order, while
finds only the lexicographic order.
This function does not use
the locale category
so is meant mostly for situations
where the strings are expected to be in ASCII.
What this function does is the following.
If both strings are equal, return 0.
Otherwise, find the position
between two bytes with the property that before it both strings are equal,
while directly after it there is a difference.
Find the largest consecutive digit strings containing (or starting at,
or ending at) this position.
If one or both of these is empty,
then return what
would have returned (numerical ordering of byte values).
Otherwise, compare both digit strings numerically, where digit strings with
one or more leading zeros are interpreted as if they have a decimal point
in front (so that in particular digit strings with more leading zeros
come before digit strings with fewer leading zeros).
Thus, the ordering is
000, 00, 01, 010, 09, 0, 1, 9, 10.
function returns an integer
less than, equal to, or greater than zero if
is found, respectively, to be earlier than, equal to,
or later than
This function is a GNU extension.
This page is part of release 3.66 of the Linux
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