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    SubjectRe: Support for ``clock_gettime'' system call ?
    On Fri, 24 Sep 1999 wrote:

    > Hi,
    > Is there any plan to support the ``clock_gettime'' system call
    > and all its family (clock_settime, clock_getres) ?
    > I know that gettimeofday and settimeofday, will provide equivalent
    > functionnalities, but the POSIX.1b appeal of clock_gettime might
    > be required, as well as the finer granularity, down to nano-seconds
    > (even though such an accuracy is debatable as of today).

    See for some of my patches regarding
    this subject. As you can see in the patch for Linux 2.3.12 (the one with
    the clock functions you are interested in), the clock functions do not yet
    take advantage of the high resolution of the TSC clock of the pentium
    processor, they just use gettimeofday and multiply the value with 1000.

    However, it should be possible to improve the code for
    do_fast_gettimeoffset() in arch/i386/kernel/time.c to return nanoseconds,
    so that the POSIX function is somewhat more useful than it is now.

    To do this you will need to change some code in calibrate_tsc(), which I
    do not understand completely.
    For instance why is CALIBRATE_TIME defined as (5 * 1000020/HZ)? Especially
    the extra 20 confuses me.

    And this is just for the i386 architecture, it needs changing for all the
    others too.

    So a nice job lies ahead for some brave soul....


    Robert de Vries

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