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Subject[PATCH 0/2] Extend timer_slack_ns to u64 on 32bit systems & add /proc/<pid>/timerslack_ns
I didn't get any negative feedback on the last round of this,
so I figured I'd send it along w/o the RFC header this time.

This patchset introduces a /proc/<pid>/timerslack_ns interface
which would allow controlling processes to be able to set the
timerslack value on other processes in order to save power by
avoiding wakeups (Something Android currently does via
out-of-tree patches).

The first patch tries to fix the internal timer_slack_ns usage
which was defined as a long, which limits the slack range to
~4 seconds on 32bit systems. It converts it to a u64, which
provides the same basically unlimited slack (500 years) on both
32bit and 64bit machines.

The second patch introduces the /proc/<pid>/timerslack_ns
interface which allows the full 64bit slack range for a task
to be read or set on both 32bit and 64bit machines.

With these two patches, on a 32bit machine, after setting the
slack on bash to 10 seconds:
$ time sleep 1

real 0m10.747s
user 0m0.001s
sys 0m0.005s

The first patch is a little ugly, since I had to chase the slack
delta arguments through a number of functions converting them to
u64s. Let me know if it makes sense to break that up more or not.

Other then that things are fairly straight forward.

Feedback and thoughts would be greatly appreciated!


Cc: Arjan van de Ven <>
Cc: Thomas Gleixner <>
Cc: Oren Laadan <>
Cc: Ruchi Kandoi <>
Cc: Rom Lemarchand <>
Cc: Kees Cook <>
Cc: Andrew Morton <>
Cc: Android Kernel Team <>

John Stultz (2):
timer: Convert timer_slack_ns from unsigned long to u64
proc: Add /proc/<pid>/timerslack_ns interface

Documentation/filesystems/proc.txt | 18 ++++++++++
fs/eventpoll.c | 2 +-
fs/proc/base.c | 69 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
fs/select.c | 8 ++---
include/linux/freezer.h | 2 +-
include/linux/hrtimer.h | 12 ++++---
include/linux/poll.h | 2 +-
include/linux/sched.h | 4 +--
kernel/sys.c | 5 ++-
kernel/time/hrtimer.c | 8 ++---
kernel/time/timer.c | 4 +--
11 files changed, 113 insertions(+), 21 deletions(-)


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