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SubjectRe: PROBLEM: Linux updates RTC secretly when clock synchronizes

> >> 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.
> I know that much. I was just curious whether there was any particular
> reason why it was that way.
> Somebody suggested that it was because of "scheduling hooplas" causing a
> serious loss of performance if modules were moved to ring 1. I've no
> idea whether such is the case

Yep, it would be slower that way, and it would be nightmare to implement.

> >>> 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.
> They've been getting problems from me - I just checked, and the main
> suggestion appears to be to replace /dev/rtc with a sysctl call. I can't
> see the point in that myself, and /dev/rtc makes far more sense to me.
> I will add that I personally see no problem with the kernel reading RTC
> on boot to set the syste clock, although some of the correspondents
> appear to have problems with that idea as well.

So we agree with each other. Good.

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