How to implement qsort_r

Yaakov Selkowitz
Thu Dec 4 02:53:00 GMT 2014

I would like to add qsort_r to newlib.  However, there are two distinct 
signatures for this function on different platforms.

The BSDs and OS X provide:

void qsort_r(void *base, size_t nmemb, size_t size, void *thunk, int 
(*compar)(void *, const void *, const void *));

Where glibc provides:

void qsort_r(void *base, size_t nmemb, size_t size, int (*compar)(const 
void *, const void *, void *), void *arg);

(Personally, I think *neither* of these make sense; the BSD signature 
with the glibc compar typedef would be more consistent in terms of 
argument ordering, but nobody asked my opinion on the matter. :-)

In any case, the natural place for this is in newlib, but that means we 
either have to choose one (namely glibc, since that is what more 
software will be expecting) or handle this like we do strerror_r.  Any 
thoughts before I spend more time on this?

Yaakov Selkowitz
Associate Software Engineer, ARM
Red Hat, Inc.

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