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When we use features, it seems to me that the order of the nodes exported are random or based on alphabetic order, I'm not 100% sure, but it's not in the order that i can predict.
And if i change the order in exported file, and when i recreate the feature, the order is not preserved either.
It'll be great, if the order can be preserved or set manually. this way for applications which cares about node creation dependency and order, it'll be possible.