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SubjectRe: [RFC] 2.5.8 sort kernel tables
On Thu, 18 Apr 2002, William Lee Irwin III wrote:

> 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.

Combsort is a trivial modification of bubblesort that's O(n log(n)).

http://cs.clackamas.cc.or.us/molatore/cs260Spr01/combsort.htm

Though we should probably just stick a simple qsort in the library
somewhere.

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