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`~`

’ characterRule 2.2.2 dictates that tilde character ‘`~`

’ (ASCII 126) sorts
before all other non-digit characters, including an empty part.

$ cat input7 1 1% 1.2 1~ ~ $ sort -V input7 ~ 1~ 1 1% 1.2

The sorting algorithm starts by breaking down the string into non-digits (rule 2) and digits parts (rule 3).

In the above input file, only the last line in the input file starts
with a non-digit (‘`~`

’). This is the first part. All other lines
in the input file start with a digit - their first non-digit part is
empty.

Based on rule 2.2.2, tilde ‘`~`

’ sorts before all other non-digits
including the empty part - hence it comes before all other strings,
and is listed first in the sorted output.

The remaining lines (`1`

, `1%`

, `1.2`

, `1~`

)
follow similar logic: The digit part is extracted (1 for all strings)
and compares identical. The following extracted parts for the remaining
input lines are: empty part, `%`

, `.`

, `~`

.

Tilde sorts before all others, hence the line `1~`

appears next.

The remaining lines (`1`

, `1%`

, `1.2`

) are sorted based
on previously explained rules.