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Re: sort 5.2.1 is VERY slow

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: sort 5.2.1 is VERY slow
Date: Tue, 01 Mar 2005 13:41:39 -0800
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address@hidden writes:

> Note these multibyte extensions have been
> added (hacked in?) by distributions, and
> are not in the official coreutils release.

Actually, coreutils "sort" does indeed have some multibyte support
these days, since it uses strcoll rather than strcmp, and this can
indeed make "sort" slow if strcoll is slow (which it often is).

That is, even though sort's multibyte support is not 100% done, it's
enough to hurt performance in some important cases.

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