[PATCH] gettimeofday stability

Karim Yaghmour karym at opersys.com
Sat Apr 14 16:49:39 EST 2001

Gabriel Paubert wrote:
> Given that time handling is completely different in 2.2 and 2.4, it is
> surprising. This would indicate that a decrementer interrupt has happened
> too early.
> How often does it happen ? Does it still happen with recent kernels ?
> Were you running something that touches the decrementer (MOL, RTLINUX) ?

I can't tell you if the interrupt is happening too early or not,
although code could be added to check this.

I can tell you that this has been noticed by more than one person.
I noticed this and so did the person at MontaVista that contributed
the cross-platform reading code (to enable traces to be read accross
different endian machines).

If you really want to see what I mean I could forward you a textual
trace sample to proove my point.

The latest kernel I've tested this on is 2.4.0-test10.

                 Karim Yaghmour
               karym at opersys.com
      Embedded and Real-Time Linux Expert

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