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SubjectSCSI access creating lost time
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I've been running into a problem recently with lost time:  My system 
clock has been falling behind drastically -- earlier this week, with an
uptime of less than 2 days, had lost 5100 seconds.

It seems to be tied to SCSI access:

# netdate tick; dd if=/dev/hda of=/dev/null bs=1kk count=100; netdate
tick
tick +0.223 Sat Mar 6 19:59:08.000
100+0 records in
100+0 records out
tick -0.020 Sat Mar 6 20:00:28.000
# netdate tick; dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/null bs=1kk count=100; netdate
tick
tick +0.365 Sat Mar 6 20:01:29.000
100+0 records in
100+0 records out
tick +52.664 Sat Mar 6 20:02:49.000

tick is a local Stratum-2 timeserver.

I can deal with the sub-second jitter between calls to netdate, but I
can't deal with the loss of 52 seconds in an 80-second interval! xntp3
can't deal with it, either.

I don't think this is a user-space problem...

I dropped back to Linux 2.2.1 to see if it was a new problem in 2.2.2,
but it doesn't seem to be.

My system:
Linux 2.2.1 (Debian distribution, "potato")
AMD K6-2 333
FIC VA-503+ MB
32MB PC100 SDRAM
Adaptec 1520 SCSI controller
/dev/sda: Seagate ST51080N
/dev/scd0: SONY CD-ROM CDU-76S

Is there any other information that could help?


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