In Tools > Options > Calc > General there is the check "Update references when sorting range of cells".
Click in Help shows all kind of info; not for this feature.
Feature introduced in 4.4.
Still missing in Version: 18.104.22.168.alpha0+
Build ID: 616f21db9e50a77b0c02dfb123f871a742f46216
CPU threads: 4; OS: Linux 4.10; UI render: default; VCL: gtk2;
TinderBox: Linux-rpm_deb-x86_64@70-TDF, Branch:master, Time: 2017-10-16_22:37:26
Locale: nl-NL (nl_NL.UTF-8); Calc: group
Cor: do you still plan to work on this one or can we unassign this tracker and make it available?