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SubjectRe: PROBLEM: Linux updates RTC secretly when clock synchronizes

> >> gets "Port busy" when it tries to access the RTC ports that the
> >> RTC driver built into the kernel already has opened exclusively. At
> >> least, that's my understanding of the situation at present.
> > It does not work that way. Userland does iopl(0), and then it just
sorry, this was meant
to be iopl(3).
> > bangs any port it wants to.
> If any user can do that, then Linux is borken solid.

Only root can do that.

> Just out of curiosity, what is wrong with the idea of having the kernel
> at iopl(0), any kernel modules at either iopl(1) or iopl(2) and apps at
> iopl(3) ??? There is obviously something, but I've no idea what.

It ... just is not that way. Kernel + modules run at ring 0, userland
at ring 3.

> >>> We are talking root only here.
> >> Are we?
> >>
> >> Unless I've misunderstood the arguments so far, the aim is to take
> >> the RTC driver out of the kernel altogether and replace it with a
> >> usermode driver to do the same thing. As I see it, that opens up far
> >> too many
> > No. Aim is to leave /dev/rtc in kernel, but make kernel never write
> > to RTC at its own will.
> I've no problem with that at all, but the bulk of the comments I've seen
> in this thread have been very clear about taking /dev/rtc out of the
> kernel and into a userspace daemon, with the kernel just providing
> access to the relevant ports to the first app to claim them.

I do not think so.

The person who tries to kill /dev/rtc from kernel is going to have
some problems with me.
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