# Introduction/Direct Translation

### From HaskellWiki

The quicksort quoted in Introduction isn't the "real" quicksort and doesn't scale for longer lists like the c code does.

http://programming.reddit.com/info/5yutf/comments/

Here are some points to how the "real" quicksort would look in haskell.

Lennart Augustsson has a quicksort entry on his blog which is pure (no unsafe):

http://augustss.blogspot.com/2007/08/quicksort-in-haskell-quicksort-is.html

Another version (uses System.IO.Unsafe), is below.

There is also a "parallel" quicksort at

http://www.macs.hw.ac.uk/~dsg/gph/nofib/

roconnor claims that in haskell the "real" quicksort is really a treesort:

http://programming.reddit.com/info/2h0j2/comments

Unfortunately none of the above "real" quicksorts seems to compile as given, when copy/pasted into ghci. Can someone fix? The "parallel" quicksort gave error "unknown package concurrent" when I ran make in quicksort/gransim.

Has anyone got a functioning "real" quicksort that works on copy/paste?

The program below is working very very slowly. It's probably slowsort... :o)

import Control.Monad (when) import Control.Monad.ST import Data.Array.ST import Data.Array.IArray import Data.Array.MArray qsort :: (IArray a e, Ix i, Enum i, Ord e) => a i e -> a i e qsort arr = processArray quickSort arr processArray :: (IArray a e, IArray b e, Ix i) => (forall s. (STArray s) i e -> ST s ()) -> a i e -> b i e processArray f (arr :: a i e) = runST $ do arr' <- thaw arr :: ST s (STArray s i e) f arr' unsafeFreeze arr' quickSort :: (MArray a e m, Ix i, Enum i, Ord e) => a i e -> m () quickSort arr = qsort' =<< getBounds arr where qsort' (lo, hi) | lo >= hi = return () | otherwise = do p <- readArray arr hi l <- mainLoop p lo hi swap l hi qsort' (lo, pred l) qsort' (succ l, hi) mainLoop p l h | l >= h = return l | otherwise = do l' <- doTil (\l' b -> l' < h && b <= p) succ l h' <- doTil (\h' b -> h' > l' && b >= p) pred h when (l' < h') $ do swap l' h' mainLoop p l' h' doTil p op ix = do b <- readArray arr ix if p ix b then doTil p op (op ix) else return ix swap xi yi = do x <- readArray arr xi readArray arr yi >>= writeArray arr xi writeArray arr yi x

This uses various extensions to make the types ridiculously general, but the actual algorithm (quickSort) is plain Haskell.