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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2.6.19-rc1-mm1] Export jiffies_to_timespec()
On Wed, 11 Oct 2006 17:16:28 +0100
Christoph Hellwig <> wrote:

> On Tue, Oct 10, 2006 at 05:36:54PM -0700, Jeremy Fitzhardinge wrote:
> > Export jiffies_to_timespec; previously modules used the inlined header
> > version.
> NACK, drivers shouldn know about these timekeeping details and no
> in-tree driver uses it (fortunately)


a) `jiffies' and `timepsec' are hardly "details". They are basic
kernel-wide concepts. timespecs are even known to userspace. Exporting
a helper function which converts from one to the other is perfectly

b) jiffies_to_timespec() was previously available to modules. We
changed that without notice and we changed it *by accident*. There was
no intention to withdraw jiffies_to_timespec() from the
available-to-modules API.

If we really wanted to withdraw jiffies_to_timespec() then we'd mark it
__deprecated_for_modules for a while, then withdraw it. But there's no
earthly reason why we'd want to withdraw it: the export makes sense.
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