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SubjectRe: 11 minute RTC update (was Re: Remove RTC UIP)
On Tue, 28 Mar 2006 18:03:45 -0600
Matt Mackall <mpm@selenic.com> wrote:

> > > > While we are on the topic, I would like to ask everyone about
> > > > the 11 min ntp/rtc update feature of the kernel.
> > > >
> > > > It is something that makes sense to move to
> > > > userland?
> > >
> > > YES !!! :)
> >
> > great! given that it is not implemented in the new RTC subsystem
> > and nobody objected, I will not add it :)
>
> I agree that this should be migrated to userspace, but I'm more
> worried about the functionality impact here than for the UIP case.
>
> With existing NTP setups, and the kernel no longer writing to the RTC,
> you might have the RTC drift far enough that NTP failed to sync on the
> next boot. (Correct me if I'm wrong, of course.)

That's probably true, I'm not expert on the matter. The new subsystem only
covers platforms that were not covered before (i.e. without external patches),
so that this should not impact users because the NTP update mode
was not working on them.

The problem might arise when other RTC drivers (i.e. x86) will be converted
and deployed.

We need a migration plan. Any suggestion?

--

Best regards,

Alessandro Zummo,
Tower Technologies - Turin, Italy

http://www.towertech.it

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