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SubjectRe: [PATCH][2.5] hangcheck-timer
On Tue, Jan 21, 2003 at 12:50:39PM +0000, Dave Jones wrote:
> I'm puzzled. What does this do that softdog.c doesn't ?

First, softdog.c requires userspace interaction. Second, softdog.c
relies on jiffies. If the system goes out to lunch via udelay() or
another hardware call that freezes the CPUs for a bit, jiffies does not
increment. The system could be frozen for two minutes (qla2x00 used to
do this for 90 seconds) and softdog.c never notices, because jiffies
hasn't counted a single second during this time.



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