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// Copyright 2018 The Prometheus Authors
// Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
// you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
// You may obtain a copy of the License at
// Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
// distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
// See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
// limitations under the License.
package internal
import (
dto ""
// metricSorter is a sortable slice of *dto.Metric.
type metricSorter []*dto.Metric
func (s metricSorter) Len() int {
return len(s)
func (s metricSorter) Swap(i, j int) {
s[i], s[j] = s[j], s[i]
func (s metricSorter) Less(i, j int) bool {
if len(s[i].Label) != len(s[j].Label) {
// This should not happen. The metrics are
// inconsistent. However, we have to deal with the fact, as
// people might use custom collectors or metric family injection
// to create inconsistent metrics. So let's simply compare the
// number of labels in this case. That will still yield
// reproducible sorting.
return len(s[i].Label) < len(s[j].Label)
for n, lp := range s[i].Label {
vi := lp.GetValue()
vj := s[j].Label[n].GetValue()
if vi != vj {
return vi < vj
// We should never arrive here. Multiple metrics with the same
// label set in the same scrape will lead to undefined ingestion
// behavior. However, as above, we have to provide stable sorting
// here, even for inconsistent metrics. So sort equal metrics
// by their timestamp, with missing timestamps (implying "now")
// coming last.
if s[i].TimestampMs == nil {
return false
if s[j].TimestampMs == nil {
return true
return s[i].GetTimestampMs() < s[j].GetTimestampMs()
// NormalizeMetricFamilies returns a MetricFamily slice with empty
// MetricFamilies pruned and the remaining MetricFamilies sorted by name within
// the slice, with the contained Metrics sorted within each MetricFamily.
func NormalizeMetricFamilies(metricFamiliesByName map[string]*dto.MetricFamily) []*dto.MetricFamily {
for _, mf := range metricFamiliesByName {
names := make([]string, 0, len(metricFamiliesByName))
for name, mf := range metricFamiliesByName {
if len(mf.Metric) > 0 {
names = append(names, name)
result := make([]*dto.MetricFamily, 0, len(names))
for _, name := range names {
result = append(result, metricFamiliesByName[name])
return result
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