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From "Uwe Schindler (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Comment Edited] (LUCENE-4546) SorterTemplate.quicksort incorrect
Date Wed, 07 Nov 2012 21:26:13 GMT


Uwe Schindler edited comment on LUCENE-4546 at 11/7/12 9:25 PM:

Attached the corrected testcase, which passes.

-BTW: Your SorterTemplate implementation fails with with mergeSort completely- :-) _(this
was incorrect, mergeSort does not use the pivot methods)_
      was (Author: thetaphi):
    Attached the corrected testcase, which passes.

BTW: Your SorterTemplate implementation fails with with mergeSort completely :-)
> SorterTemplate.quicksort incorrect
> ----------------------------------
>                 Key: LUCENE-4546
>                 URL:
>             Project: Lucene - Core
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: core/other
>    Affects Versions: 3.6.1, 4.0, 4.1
>            Reporter: Stefan Pohl
>            Assignee: Uwe Schindler
>              Labels: patch
>             Fix For: 3.6.1, 4.0, 4.1
>         Attachments:,,
> On trying to use the very useful o.a.l.utils.SorterTemplate, I stumbled upon inconsistent
sorting behaviour, of course, only a randomized test caught this;)
> Because SorterTemplate.quicksort is used in several places in the code (directly BytesRefList,
ArrayUtil, BytesRefHash, CollectionUtil and transitively index and search), I'm a bit puzzled
that this either hasn't been caught by another higher-level test or that neither my test nor
my understanding of an insufficiency in the code is valid;)
> If the former holds and given that the same code is released in 3.6 and 4.0, this might
even be a more critical issue requiring a higher priority than 'major'.
> So, can a second pair of eyes please have a timely look at the attached test and patch?
> Basically the current quicksort implementation seems to assume that luckily always the
median is chosen as pivot element by grabbing the mid element, not handling the case where
the initially chosen pivot ends up not in the middle. Hope this and the test helps to understand
the issue.
> Reproducible, currently failing test and a patch attached.

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