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SubjectRe: [patch 4/4] hpet: factor timer allocate from open
Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> On Mon, 5 Mar 2012, wrote:
>> From: Magnus Lynch <>
>> Subject: hpet: factor timer allocate from open
>> The current implementation of the /dev/hpet driver couples opening the
>> device with allocating one of the (scarce) timers (aka comparators). This
>> is a limitation in that the main counter may be valuable to applications
>> seeking a high-resolution timer who have no use for the interrupt
>> generating functionality of the comparators.
>> This patch alters the open semantics so that when the device is opened, no
>> timer is allocated. Operations that depend on a timer being in context
>> implicitly attempt allocating a timer, to maintain backward compatibility.
> AFAICT, there is only fasync which calls hpet_alloc_timer(). All other
> functions are broken by this chage.

Indeed. There was another call in hpet_ioctl_common(), but it appears
that one somehow got dropped.

Magnus, is this the patch that you submitted and have tested?


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