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SubjectRe: [Patch] Re: Nasty suprise with uptime
On Wed, 31 Oct 2001, Andreas Dilger wrote:

> On Oct 31, 2001 12:11 -0800, Gerhard Mack wrote:
> > Yes that I understand and it works right up until the jiffie count wraps.
> > But now we have people adding cost to everything else just so we can all
> > have good uptime values. Since AFIK the drivers handle the wrap cleanly
> > the only thing that it bothers is the uptime stats.
> >
> > Now we have people making jiffies more expensive just to deal with uptime.
> > At least as far as I can see it should just be easier/better to make
> > uptime use something else.
>
> What about the following. Since jiffies wraps are extremely rare, it
> should be enough to have something along the lines of the following
> in the uptime code only (or globally accessible for any code that
> needs to use a full 64-bit jiffies value):
>
> u64 get_jiffies64(void)
> {
> static unsigned long jiffies_hi = 0;
> static unsigned long jiffies_last = INITIAL_JIFFIES;
>
> /* probably need locking for this part */
> if (jiffies < jiffies_last) { /* We have a wrap */
> jiffies_hi++;
> jiffies_last = jiffies;
> }
>
> return (jiffies | ((u64)jiffies_hi) << LONG_SHIFT));
> }
>
> This means you need to call something that _checks_ the uptime
> (or needs the 64-bit jiffies value) at least once every 1.3 years.
> If you don't do it at least that often, you probably don't care
> about the uptime anyways.
>
> This only impacts anything that really needs a 64-bit jiffies count,
> and has zero impact everywhere else.
>
> Cheers, Andreas

Ah, yes. It's perfect. It could be put right in the 'uptime' code.
It has zero overhead otherwise. Just check the uptime every year
or so and it's always correct. A dummy call to your procedure
every time the system time is set would make it robust.

Cheers,
Dick Johnson

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