Speed up natural sorting by first sorting the items according to KFileItem::text() with QString::operator<()

Review Request #113485 - Created Oct. 28, 2013 and submitted

Frank Reininghaus
We all know now that natural sorting can be very slow. There are two ways to improve this:

1. Make the "natural comparison" of two items faster. We might be able to do this when we can use QCollator from Qt5.

2. Reduce the number of (expensive) comparisons.

This patch implements option 2 by first doing a very fast non-natural sorting of the items according to their name. The resulting sequence of items is partially sorted even according to the "natural" comparison, and this makes it possible to do the final sorting with a far lower number of comparisons.
Loaded a folder with 100,000 items with the names "a1.txt", ..., "a100000.txt". I guess that this is also one of the worst cases with respect to "difference between natural and non-natural sort order".

This patch reduces the time needed to sort in a release build (commented out the profiling output in insertItems()) from 1940 ms to 714 ms, which is a saving of about 63%.
Mark Gaiser
Emmanuel Pescosta
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Frank Reininghaus
Review request changed

Status: Closed (submitted)