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SubjectRe: nanosleep
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Followup to:  <20020410044243.2916.qmail@fastermail.com>
By author: "mark manning" <mark.manning@fastermail.com>
In newsgroup: linux.dev.kernel
>
> thanx - how much of a difference should i expect - i know the
> syscall is asking for at least the required ammount but that the
> task switcher might not give me control back for a while after the
> requested delay but i was expecting to be a little closer to what i
> had asked for - this isnt critical of corse but i would like to know
> what to expect.
>

Read the man page:

BUGS
The current implementation of nanosleep is based on the
normal kernel timer mechanism, which has a resolution of
1/HZ s (i.e, 10 ms on Linux/i386 and 1 ms on Linux/Alpha).
Therefore, nanosleep pauses always for at least the speci­
fied time, however it can take up to 10 ms longer than
specified until the process becomes runnable again. For
the same reason, the value returned in case of a delivered
signal in *rem is usually rounded to the next larger mul­
tiple of 1/HZ s.

As some applications require much more precise pauses
(e.g., in order to control some time-critical hardware),
nanosleep is also capable of short high-precision pauses.
If the process is scheduled under a real-time policy like
SCHED_FIFO or SCHED_RR, then pauses of up to 2 ms will be
performed as busy waits with microsecond precision.

-hpa
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