Raymond Hettinger <raymond.hettin...@gmail.com> added the comment:

I saw the article as well, but think auto-sorting would have just provided a 
thin mask over their serious data pipeline bugs.

Also, this isn't the only pathway to seeing file lists:  os.listdir, fnmatch, 

I say that we leave it alone and not unnecessarily introduce a breadth-first, 
recursive sort.  The reasons for the previous rejections still apply.  For the 
most part our tools that access os services only provide a thin pass-through 
and tend to neither promise nor do anything extra (even SQL only gives sorted 
data when the user explicitly requests ORDER By -- the could have provided a 
default sort but choose not to).

nosy: +rhettinger

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