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SubjectRe: HZ from userspace
On Wed, 6 Aug 2008, Piotr Jaroszyński wrote:

> >> I want to be able to convert starttime from /proc/#/stat to absolute
> >> time and it seems that I need HZ to do that as it is measured in
> >> jiffies. How can I get HZ? I have seen some discussion about this but
> >> haven't found a definite answer. procps is using some hacks do it and
> >> I would prefer to avoid them.
> >> I only need a solution for modern kernels, say 2.6.20+ if that matters.
> >
> > `man sysconf`, in particular you want sysconf(_SC_CLK_TCK).
> manpage says it's obsolete and i read in some discussion that it only
> returns the default and not the real HZ used.

You can get the information via two ways. At compile time, that is the
variable CLK_TCK and this way has been obsoleted. The other way is at
runtime via sysconf(_SC_CLK_TCK) and that is still valid. You don't need
the real HZ, because the kernel converts it to USER_HZ, which is currently
100 on x86 for historic reasons.

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