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intersort sorts slices of arbitrary objects according to the rules of Go's fmtsort package. fmtsort is an internal package and thus cannot be imported directly; however, its behavior is exposed via the fmt package when printing maps. So we can sort arbitrary objects by sticking them in a map, printing it, and parsing the result.

In other words, this package is an abomination and should not be used for anything. May the Go maintainers have mercy on my soul.

NOTE: This package requires Go 1.12.1.


ints := []int{3, 1, 2}
intersort.Sort(ints) // [1, 2, 3]

strs := []string{"b", "c", "a"}
intersort.Sort(strs) // [a, b, c]

type Point struct {
    X, Y int
points := []Point{{2, 1}, {1, 1}, {1, 0}}
intersort.Sort(points) // [{1, 0}, {1, 1}, {2, 1}]

You can even sort differing types!

objs := []interface{}{3, true, 1, "wat", http.DefaultClient, false}
sort.Sort(intersort.Slice(objs)) // [false, true, 1, 3, wat, &{<nil> <nil> <nil> 0s}]

However, the results of this may vary, and in general are unpredictable; see

Advance praise for intersort:

I tend to think that exposing the comparison function would be an attractive nuisance. - Ian Lance Taylor

It was a deliberate decision to keep this implementation private. - Rob Pike

Sorting [arbitrary objects] is not even possible in the general case. - cznic

This should not be done. - Rob Pike

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