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SubjectRe: [BUG] 2.6.0-test2 loses time on 486
On 29 Jul 2003 11:59:06 -0700, john stultz wrote:
>On Tue, 2003-07-29 at 10:34, Mikael Pettersson wrote:
>> My old 486 test box is losing time at an alarming rate
>> when running 2.6.0-test kernels. It loses almost 2 minutes
>> per hour, less if it sits idle. This problem does not
>> occur when it's running a 2.4 kernel.
>>
>> There's nothing noteworthy in dmesg.
>>
>> This has been going on since at least the 2.5.7x kernels,
>> and possible also the 2.5.6x kernels. I strongly suspect
>> a bug in the time-keeping changes in late 2.5 kernels.
>> The 486 has no TSC, and I don't have an NTP server to
>> keep my machines' times in sync.
>
>Hmm. Sounds like you're loosing interrupts. This can happen due to
>poorly behaving drivers (disabling interrupts for too long), or odd
>hardware. The change from HZ=100 to HZ=1000 probably made this more
>visible on your box, so could you try setting HZ back to 100 and see if
>that helps (you may still lose time, but at a much slower rate).

Yep, reducing HZ to 100 in param.h eliminated the time losses.

>Also what drivers are you running with?

IDE, no chipset driver, NE2000 ISA NIC (no traffic during the
tests), AT keyboard + PS/2 mouse (unused during the tests).

The only things I can think of are:
- a 486 simply cannot keep up with HZ=1000
- the plain IDE driver w/o chipset & DMA support somehow
is much worse in 2.5/2.6 than in 2.4
- the "no TSC" time-keeping code is broken

/Mikael
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