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SubjectRe: [patch 6/13] signal/timer/event fds v9 - timerfd core ...
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On Mon, 2007-04-02 at 10:30 -0700, Davide Libenzi wrote:

> > There is no inaccuracy when you rearm the timer on read: hrtimer_forward
> > takes care, that the period is accurate. It does not start the timer out
> > of the periodic order, i.e. on a different time frame.
> >
> > Where is the win of keeping the timer running, when nobody cares about
> > the expiry at all ? It just generates interrupts and events for nothing.
>
> Then you'd lose the ability to know if you lost one or more (yes, you
> could figure it out by reading the time and with a few calculations). I
> think that the capping (to a sane value) idea solves the DoS issue and at
> the same time have the ability to report you missed ticks. What are your
> strong points against that solution?

Err, the read function

ticks = hrtimer_forward(&ctx->tmr, ktime_get(),
ctx->tintv);

does give you the number of (lost) ticks.

tmr->expires holds the absolute expiry time of the last event.
hrtimer_forward() adds N intervals to tmr->expires, so that the new
tmr->expires value is greater than now (ktime_get()). It returns N.

So the number of lost ticks is N - 1. No time reading and no magic
math :)

tglx


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