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SubjectRe: [rtc-linux] Re: rtc_cmos: error after first write to wakealarm
On Tue, Jun 19, 2007 at 14:24:04 +0200, Alessandro Zummo wrote:
> On Fri, 15 Jun 2007 09:03:19 +0200
> Tino Keitel <tino.keitel@gmx.de> wrote:
>
> > > > I have the following strange behaviour with rtc_cmos:
> > > >
> > > > $ echo 1181934240 > /sys/class/rtc/rtc0/wakealarm
> > > > bash: echo: write error: Device or resource busy
> > > > $ rmmod rtc_cmos
> > > > $ modprobe rtc_cmos
> > > > $ echo 1181934240 > /sys/class/rtc/rtc0/wakealarm
> > > > $ echo 1181934240 > /sys/class/rtc/rtc0/wakealarm
> > > > bash: echo: write error: Device or resource busy
> > > > $
> > >
> > > If the alarm has already been enabled, you cannot set the next
> > > alarm. You should disable first.
> >
> > Ah, ok.
> >
> > Where is the documentation that describes that I have to disable it
> > first, and how to do this? A migration document for
> > /proc/acpi/alarm users would be nice, too.
>
> Well, I guess there is no documentation. Maybe we could add
> a dev_warn with an explicit message.

Isn't it somewhat ridiculous to plan the removal of a feature for
several months, and then replace it with something that behaves
differently without any documentation?
I don't know if there is any centralized form sysfs documentation. I
guess not. So at least a short text like the one below somewhere in
Documentation/ would be useful.

I still wonder how 'cat /sys/class/rtc/rtcX/wakealarm' is expected to
behave. With 2.6.22-rc5, I get this:

$ echo 1182351177 > /sys/class/rtc/rtc0/wakealarm
$ cat /sys/class/rtc/rtc0/wakealarm
2051644873
There seems to be a constant difference of 869984896 seconds. Is this a
bug?


-----------------------------------------------------------------------
How to use /sys/class/rtc/rtcX/wakealarm
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
This file takes the seconds since epoch to enable a wake event at the
specified time.

If a '0' is written, the alarm is disabled.

If the alarm was already enabled, a new alarm can only be set after the
old alarm is disabled.


Migration from /proc/acpi/alarm
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Users of /proc/acpi/alarm have to change their code to supply the
seconds since epoch instead of a date string.

For shell scripts, this can be done using the date command, e.g. like
this:

date -d tomorrow "+%s"

This returns the seconds since epoch of the current time on the
following day.

Please note that you have to disable the old alarm first, if you want
to set a new alarm. Otherwise, you get an error. Example:

echo 12345 > /sys/class/rtc/rtc0/wakealarm
echo 0 > /sys/class/rtc/rtc0/wakealarm
echo 23456 > /sys/class/rtc/rtc0/wakealarm
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
Regards,
Tino
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