On 04/10/2013 04:40 PM, Junio C Hamano wrote:
I have set of items with two attributes, <X,Y>, and would like to
keep them in some data structure in such a way that it is efficient
to (1) add a new item to the data structure, and (2) pick an item in
a specific order. There can be multiple items that share the same
value for X, or Y, or both X and Y, and it does not matter in what
order items comes out among those that share the same <X,Y>.

The type of X is totally ordered. The type of Y also usually is, but
Y can take a special value U(nspecified).

Now on to the "specific" order I want to pick an item.  I'd like to
take the item with the largest value of Y in general, and tiebreaking
on the value of X which also I prefer to take from larger to smaller.

But with a twist.

When I am picking an item <X=n,Y=m>, there should be no item
remaining in the data store with a value of Y that is smaller than m
(duplicates are allowed, so there can still be items with Y=m), and
also when I am picking <X=n,Y=m>, there should be no item with
Y=Unspecified that has a value of X that is equal or smaller than n.

So X is primary sort and Y is secondary, except Y=Undefined trumps all
other values for Y, but never trumps X as primary sort.

Can't you just have U be the largest unsigned integer value of the
type you choose? For this particular application, I doubt there's any
risk of the defined numbers catching up with it.

I might have missed something though. This seems a bit too trivial for
you to ask for help.

Andreas Ericsson                   andreas.erics...@op5.se
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