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SubjectRe: [PATCH] simplify update_times (avoid jiffies/jiffies_64 aliasing problem)
Andrew Morton writes:
> Paul Mackerras <> wrote:
> >
> > Andi Kleen writes:
> >
> > > Also I assume Atsushi-san did the patch because he saw a real problem?
> >
> > Yes, one which I also saw on PPC. The compiler (gcc-4) emits loads
> > for jiffies, jiffies64 and wall_jiffies before storing the incremented
> > jiffies64 value back.
> >
> What was the effect of that?

The effect is that the first call to do_timer doesn't increment xtime.
This explains why the code I have to detect disagreements between
xtime and the time of day as computed from the timebase register was
finding a disagreement on the first tick, which I was scratching my
head over.

There may be other effects on architectures which use wall_jiffies to
detect lost timer ticks. We don't have that problem on PPC and we
don't use wall_jiffies in computing time of day.


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