[wingide-users] oddness when sorting lines

Wingware Support support at wingware.com
Thu May 24 08:32:49 MDT 2012

Campbell McKellar-Basset wrote:
> I have a binding for 'sort-selected' and a file containing these three lines:
> 1 import second
> 2 import first
> 3<blank line>
> If I select only the first two and hit sort, the blank line following
> them is sorted above the selected lines. This is usually not what I
> mean to do, and it isn't the way other actions work on selected text.
> Selecting one less line,  also results in incorrect behaviour.  I can
> only sort 'correctly' by very carefully selecting the lines (starting
> with the cursor positioned on the last character of the last line, and
> drag-selecting upwards).

Yea, it looks like this command is buggy.  I've fixed this for Wing 
4.1.7 and have appended the corrected command implementation below my 
signature (it is in scripts/editor-extensions.py in your Wing installation).

Thanks for reporting this.


Stephan Deibel
Wingware | Python IDE
Advancing Software Development



def sort_selected(app=wingapi.kArgApplication):
   """Sort selected lines of text alphabetically"""

   editor = app.GetActiveEditor()
   doc = editor.GetDocument()
   eol = editor.GetEol()
   start, end = editor.GetSelection()

   start_lineno = doc.GetLineNumberFromPosition(start)
   end_lineno = doc.GetLineNumberFromPosition(end)
   end_line_pos = doc.GetLineStart(end_lineno)
   if end_line_pos == end:
     end_lineno -= 1
   if end_lineno <= start_lineno:

   line_start = doc.GetLineStart(start_lineno)
   line_end = doc.GetLineEnd(end_lineno)

   text = doc.GetCharRange(line_start, line_end).split(eol)

     doc.DeleteChars(line_start, line_end-1)
     doc.InsertChars(line_start, eol.join(text))
   editor.SetSelection(line_start, line_end)

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