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SubjectRe: clocksource change of behavior in 2.6.22 compared to 2.6.20 causes massive system clock slowdown
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On Wed, 2007-07-18 at 00:31 +0200, Alessandro Suardi wrote:
> On 7/11/07, john stultz <johnstul@us.ibm.com> wrote:
> > On Wed, 2007-07-11 at 01:31 +0200, Alessandro Suardi wrote:
> > > On 7/10/07, john stultz <johnstul@us.ibm.com> wrote:
> > > > On Tue, 2007-07-10 at 00:29 -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > > > > On Mon, 9 Jul 2007 16:27:59 +0200 "Alessandro Suardi" <alessandro.suardi@gmail.com> wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > > My oldish AMD K7-800's clock began falling behind after
> > > > > > rebooting from 2.6.20 (and 109 days uptime with a spotless
> > > > > > clock) into 2.6.22; time lost is about four minutes each hour.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Turns out that 2.6.22 marks my TSC as unstable and starts
> > > > > > using PIT instead. Rebooting 2.6.22 with clocksource=tsc
> > > > > > gets the original stable system time back.
> > > >
> > > > Alessandro,
> > > > Can you send me dmesg output for 2.6.20 and 2.6.22 (without
> > > > clocksource=tsc)?
> > >
> > > Actually, I lied a little bit - it was 2.6.22 with clock=tsc (which
> > > warns on boot about clock= being deprecated in favor of
> > > clocksource= ). I assume behavior is identical for now.
> > >
> > > Please find attached the dmesg ring (incomplete, as the
> > > kernel ring size I have seems too small to hold the full
> > > buffer, but it seems to have all the interesting stuff) of
> > > 2.6.20, 2.6.22, 2.6.22 with clock=tsc.
> > >
> > > If you need more info, just ask. I'll be out of the country
> > > from July 12 to the morning of July 16, and again from
> > > July 17 to July 20, so if you'd rather get at this later on,
> > > it's okay for me ;)
> >
> > You're dmesg output got chopped at the top. Please increase the kernel
> > log buffer size.
>
> Done, please find attached both 2620 and 2622 full dmesg output,
> with no clock= or clocksource= parameters.
>
> > Sounds like your PIT frequency is out of whack, and I'm guessing the
> > generic clocksource watchdog blames the TSC and disqualifies it.
> >
> > Few things to check:
> > 1) Make sure you're running the latest BIOS.
>
> I'm probably not, though I'm not sure I'd flash anything on such
> an old machine - been running it since RedHat 9 with the
> current BIOS. Plus, I removed the floppy drive to make room
> for an extra IDE disk... it'd take me a little bit to find out whether
> I still have the floppy drive around.
>
> > 2) See if booting w/ noapic changes anything
>
> Nope, 2622+noapic => PIT is still used and clock very quickly
> lags behind.
>
> For the moment being I'll keep booting with clocksource=tsc.
> Let me know whether you want me to test anything more...

Hmm. One other thing to check: If you boot 2.6.20 w/ clocksource=pit, is
it consistent w/ 2.6.22 and same slow timekeeping issue shows up?

thanks
-john


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