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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/2] Use generic binary search function
Tim Abbott wrote:
>> The builtin symbol tables are now sorted, so we can use a binary
>> search.
> Hi Alan,
> There a large number hand-coded binary searches in the kernel (run
> "git grep search | grep binary" to find many of them). Since getting
> binary searches right is difficult, I've been meaning to submit a
> patch adding a lib/bsearch.c for some time now, so that we only have
> to get binary search right in one place.
> This patch series contains a generic binary search implementation as
> well as something converting your module.c patch to use it. I haven't
> had a chance to boot-test yet,

You might want to wait. I found some weirdness in my patches - as if my
bsearch is backwards but the tables are also being reversed.

Whatever the problem, it endorses the idea of having one known good
bsearch function :-).

> but this should give you a sense of
> what this is going to look like. To me, you take some somewhat
> complex code and replace it with some very straightforward code.
> This generic binary search implementation comes from Ksplice. It has
> the same basic API as the C library bsearch() function. Ksplice uses
> it in half a dozen places with 4 different comparison functions, and I
> think our code is substantially cleaner because of this.
> I don't claim that this is a perfect implementation of binary search,
> though it is reasonably well tested. My theory is that it is about as
> good as all the hand-coded copies all over the kernel, and we can
> optimize it to perfection later.
> Tim Abbott (2):
> lib: Add generic binary search function to the kernel.
> module: use bsearch in find_symbol_in_kernel_section.
> include/linux/bsearch.h | 9 ++++++++
> kernel/module.c | 34 +++++++++++++----------------
> lib/Makefile | 2 +-
> lib/bsearch.c | 53 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> 4 files changed, 78 insertions(+), 20 deletions(-)
> create mode 100644 include/linux/bsearch.h
> create mode 100644 lib/bsearch.c

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