> Sorting is not default because of the memory requirements and because
> there have been many kernel bugs that cause ps to hang when it hits a
> particular process. Sorting may mean that ps hangs or is killed before
> producing anything.
in fact there was an unconditional qsort() done after scanning all tasks,
until i pointed it out to Alex. It never caused any problems, and sorting
never showed up as a source of overhead in the profiler, so i'm not sure
why you insist on sorting so much.
if procps hangs then that's a bug in procps. I'm not quite sure what you
mean by 'it hits a particular process'.
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