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SubjectRe: finding out the value of HZ from userspace
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On Sat, 2004-03-13 at 23:14, Micha Feigin wrote:
> On Sat, Mar 13, 2004 at 08:38:52PM +0100, Arjan van de Ven wrote:
> > On Sat, Mar 13, 2004 at 11:34:37AM -0800, John Reiser wrote:
> > > Arjan van de Ven wrote:
> > > >On Thu, 2004-03-11 at 15:17, Micha Feigin wrote:
> > > >
> > > >>Is it possible to find out what the kernel's notion of HZ is from user
> > > >>space?
> > > >>It seem to change from system to system and between 2.4 (100 on i386)
> > > >>to 2.6 (1000 on i386).
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >if you can see 1000 from userspace that is a bad kernel bug; can you say
> > > >where you find something in units of 1000 ?
> > >
> > > create_elf_tables() in fs/binfmt_elf.c tells every ELF execve():
> > > NEW_AUX_ENT(AT_CLKTCK, CLOCKS_PER_SEC);
> > > which can be found by crawling through the stack above the pointer
> > > to the last environment variable.
> >
> > Ugh that should say 100 on x86....
> > but..
> > param.h:# define USER_HZ 100 /* .. some user interfaces are in "ticks" */
> > param.h:# define CLOCKS_PER_SEC (USER_HZ) /* like times() */
> > .....
> > that looks like 100 to me.
> >
>
> When dealing with bdflush and a few other interfaces the values need to
> be in jiffies which requires knowledge of the kernels notion of HZ not
> userspace.

Wrong. Any such interface is supposed to convert automatically. Any
interface you can find that doesn't should be reported as a serious bug!

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