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          qsort, qsort_r - sort an array

          #include <stdlib.h>

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

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

     Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see

          qsort_r(): _GNU_SOURCE

          The qsort() function sorts an array with nmemb  elements  of
          size  size.   The  base  argument points to the start of the

          The contents of the array  are  sorted  in  ascending  order
          according  to  a  comparison  function pointed to by compar,
          which is called with two arguments that point to the objects
          being compared.

          The comparison function must return an  integer  less  than,
          equal to, or greater than zero if the first argument is con-
          sidered to be respectively less than, equal to,  or  greater
          than  the  second.   If  two members compare as equal, their
          order in the sorted array is undefined.

          The qsort_r() function is identical to qsort()  except  that
          the  comparison  function  compar takes a third argument.  A
          pointer is passed to the comparison  function  via  arg.  In
          this  way, the comparison function does not need to use glo-
          bal variables to pass through arbitrary  arguments,  and  is
          therefore reentrant and safe to use in threads.

          The qsort() and qsort_r() functions return no value.

          qsort_r() was added to glibc in version 2.8.

          For an explanation of the terms used in  this  section,  see
          attributes(7).     allbox;    lbw18    lb    lb   l   l   l.

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          Interface Attribute Value T{ qsort(), qsort_r()  T}   Thread
          safety  MT-Safe

          qsort(): POSIX.1-2001, POSIX.1-2008, C89, C99, SVr4, 4.3BSD.

          To compare C  strings,  the  comparison  function  can  call
          strcmp(3), as shown in the example below.

          For one example of use, see the example under bsearch(3).

          Another example is the following program,  which  sorts  the
          strings given in its command-line arguments:

          #include <stdio.h>
          #include <stdlib.h>
          #include <string.h>

          static int
          cmpstringp(const void *p1, const void *p2)
              /* The actual arguments to this function are "pointers to
                 pointers to char", but strcmp(3) arguments are "pointers
                 to char", hence the following cast plus dereference */

              return strcmp(*(const char **) p1, *(const char **) p2);

          main(int argc, char *argv[])
              if (argc < 2) {
                  fprintf(stderr, "Usage: %s <string>...\n", argv[0]);

              qsort(&argv[1], argc - 1, sizeof(char *), cmpstringp);

              for (int j = 1; j < argc; j++)

          sort(1), alphasort(3), strcmp(3), versionsort(3)

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