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SubjectRe: [PATCHv6 0/7] system time changes notification
On Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 22:29, Alexander Shishkin <virtuoso@slind.org> wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 12:42:52PM -0800, Davide Libenzi wrote:
>> On Wed, 17 Nov 2010, Alexander Shishkin wrote:
>>
>> > > But what you folks really want for this stuff is an extension to
>> > > timerfd as you want to be able to poll, right?
>> > >
>> > > So what about the following:
>> > >
>> > > Add a new flag TDF_NOTIFY_CLOCK_WAS_SET to the timerfd flags. Now this
>> > > flag adds the timer to a separate list, which gets woken up when the
>> > > clock is set.
>> > >
>> > > No new syscall, just a few lines of code in fs/timerfd.c and
>> > > clock_was_set().
>> > >
>> > > Thoughts ?
>> >
>> > Something like this (sans ugliness)?
>>
>> Oh, gosh, please.  This is interface-multiplexing-a-palooza.
>
> Thomas made a suggestion, I came up with how it might look like so that
> pros and cons are clearer to everyone (or at least me) and can be discussed
> on technical grounds. Code talks, sort of. I'm not convinced that a timer
> that returns to userspace when the clock changes is such a bad idea, could
> you please elaborate?

I like it.

It's all bout timers, and timerfd is fine to use, I think. It has
nothing to do with "system-events", we ask for the timer to serve us,
but if the *time* changes underneath, we need to know to re-calculate.

I think it's simple and fits very well in the current interface.

Kay
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