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SubjectRe: [PATCH] poll(2) timeout values
Willy Tarreau wrote:

>On Thu, Nov 10, 2005 at 05:15:56PM +0000, Alan Cox wrote:
>>On Iau, 2005-11-10 at 11:31 -0500, Peter Staubach wrote:
>>>Clearly, the timeout calculations problem can be fixed without changing
>>>the arguments to the sys_poll() routine. However, it is cleaner to fix
>>>it this way by ensuring the sizes and types of arguments match.
>>There really is no need for the kernel API to match the userspace one,
>>many of our others differ between the syscall interface which is most
>>definitely 'exported' in one sense and the POSIX interface which is
>>defined by libc, posix and the LSB etc
>>No argument about the timeout fix.
>I posted a different fix here about a month ago (but I sent it 3 times,
>as it was twice wrong). Andrew was about to merge it in his tree but I
>have not checked yet. It was different in the sense that it used
>msecs_to_jiffies() to do the arithmetic in the best possible way depending
>on the HZ value and the ints size. Most of the time (when 1000 % HZ == 0),
>it will simplify the operations to a single divide by a constant and
>correctly check for integer overflows. Eg, with HZ=250, a simple 2 bits
>right shift will replace a multiply followed by an divide.
>I'll check whether 2.6.14-mm1 has it, otherwise I can repost it.

Yes, I remember the conversation. I hadn't seen the final patch included
anywhere, so I posted this one.

That said, I think that msecs_to_jiffies() can still suffer from overflows
if (HZ % MSECS_PER_SEC) != 0 && (MSECS_PER_SEC % HZ) != 0. I'd like to
see the rest of your patch to see how this was worked around.

The patch that I posted does not suffer from overflow issues.


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