Re: [rfc] Near-constant time directory index for Ext2

From: Martin Mares (
Date: Wed Feb 21 2001 - 17:32:04 EST


> Not true. The rehashing is O(n) and it has to be performed O(log n)
> times during insertion. Therefore, insertion is O(log n).

Rehashing is O(n), but the "n" is the _current_ number of items, not the
maximum one after all the insertions.

Let's assume you start with a single-entry hash table. You rehash for the
first time after inserting the first item (giving hash table of size 2),
then after the second item (=> size 4), then after the fourth item (=> size 8)
and so on. I.e., when you insert n items, the total cost of rehashing summed
over all the insertions is at most 1 + 2 + 4 + 8 + 16 + ... + 2^k (where
k=floor(log2(n))) <= 2^k+1 = O(n). That is O(1) operations per item inserted.

                                Have a nice fortnight

Martin `MJ' Mares <> <>
MIPS: Meaningless Indicator of Processor Speed.
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