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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/5] ptp: Added a brand new class driver for ptp clocks.
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On Fri, 2010-08-27 at 14:03 +0200, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Friday 27 August 2010, Richard Cochran wrote:
> > On Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 01:21:39PM -0700, john stultz wrote:
> > > On Thu, 2010-08-19 at 17:38 +0200, Richard Cochran wrote:
> > > > On Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 02:28:04PM +0200, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> > > > > Have you considered passing a struct timex instead of ppb and ts?
> > > >
> > > > Yes, but the timex is not suitable, IMHO.
> > >
> > > Could you expand on this?
> >
> > We need to able to specify that the call is for a PTP clock. We could
> > add that to the modes flag, like this:
> >
> > /*timex.h*/
> > #define ADJ_PTP_0 0x10000
> > #define ADJ_PTP_1 0x20000
> > #define ADJ_PTP_2 0x30000
> > #define ADJ_PTP_3 0x40000
> >
> > I can live with this, if everyone else can, too.
>
> My suggestion was actually to have a new syscall with the existing
> structure, and pass a clockid_t value to it, similar to your
> sys_clock_adjtime(), not change the actual sys_adjtime syscall.
>
> > > Could we not add a adjustment mode ADJ_SETOFFSET or something that would
> > > provide the instantaneous offset correction?
> >
> > Yes, but we would also need to add a struct timespec to the struct
> > timex, in order to get nanosecond resolution. I think it would be
> > possible to do in the padding at the end?
>
> Yes, that's exactly what the padding is for. Instead of timespec, you can
> probably have a extra values for replacing the existing ppm values with
> ppb values.

Right, although the ppm/ppb issue shouldn't be a problem as the timex
allows for much finer then ppb resolution changes.

The only adjustment to the adjtimex/timex interface that may be needed
is the ability to set the time by an offset (ie: ADJ_SETOFFSET), rather
then slewing the offset in (ADJ_OFFSET, or ADJ_OFFSET_SINGLESHOT).

This avoids the calc offset, gettime(&now), settime(now+offset) method
where any latency between the gettime and settime adds to the error.

thanks
-john




thanks
-john




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