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    SubjectRe: [RFC] 2.5.8 sort kernel tables
    On Thu, Apr 18, 2002 at 08:16:00PM +0200, Kai Henningsen wrote:
    > wli@holomorphy.com (William Lee Irwin III) wrote on 18.04.02 in <20020418135931.GU21206@holomorphy.com>:
    >
    > > On Thu, Apr 18, 2002 at 07:46:26PM +1000, Keith Owens wrote:
    > > > The use of __init and __exit sections breaks the assumption that tables
    > > > such as __ex_table are sorted, it has already broken the dbe table in
    > > > mips on 2.5. This patch against 2.5.8 adds a generic sort routine and
    > > > sorts the i386 exception table.
    > > > This sorting needs to be extended to several other tables, to all
    > > > architectures, to modutils (insmod loads some of these tables for
    > > > modules) and back ported to 2.4. Before I spend the rest of the time,
    > > > any objections?
    > >
    > > It doesn't have to be an O(n lg(n)) method but could you use something
    > > besides bubblesort? Insertion sort, selection sort, etc. are just as
    > > easy and they don't have the horrific stigma of being "the worst sorting
    > > algorithm ever" etc.
    >
    > Surely the worst (working) sort is randomsort? (Check if sorted. If not,
    > pick two entries at random, exchange, retry.)

    I've always been a fan of bit-decay sort.

    while (!sorted(data))
    ;


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