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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 3/4] input: Deprecate real timestamps beyond year 2106
On Mon, Dec 4, 2017 at 1:55 AM, Deepa Dinamani <> wrote:
> struct timeval is not y2038 safe.
> All usage of timeval in the kernel will be replaced by
> y2038 safe structures.
> The change is also necessary as glibc is introducing support
> for 32 bit applications to use 64 bit time_t. Without this
> change, many applications would incorrectly interpret values
> in the struct input_event.
> More details about glibc at
> .
> struct input_event maintains time for each input event.
> Real time timestamps are not ideal for input as this
> time can go backwards as noted in the patch a80b83b7b8
> by John Stultz. Hence, having the input_event.time fields
> only big enough for monotonic and boot times are
> sufficient.
> The change leaves the representation of struct input_event as is
> on 64 bit architectures. But uses 2 unsigned long values on 32 bit
> machines to support real timestamps until year 2106.
> This intentionally breaks the ABI on 32 bit architectures and
> compat handling on 64 bit architectures.
> This is as per maintainer's preference to introduce compile time errors
> rather than run into runtime incompatibilities.
> The change requires any 32 bit userspace utilities reading or writing
> from event nodes to update their reading format to match the new
> input_event. The changes to the popular libraries will be posted once
> we agree on the kernel change.
> Suggested-by: Arnd Bergmann <>
> Signed-off-by: Deepa Dinamani <>

Reviewed-by: Arnd Bergmann <>

This all looks good, I just have one small request:

> -
> struct input_event {
> +#if __BITS_PER_LONG != 32 || !defined(__USE_TIME_BITS64)
> struct timeval time;
> +#define input_event_sec time.tv_sec
> +#define input_event_usec time.tv_usec
> +#else
> + __kernel_ulong_t __sec;
> + __kernel_ulong_t __usec;
> +#define input_event_sec __sec
> +#define input_event_usec __usec
> +#endif

As we are getting closer to removing references to 'struct timeval'
from the kernel, could you rephrase that conditional to

#if (__BITS_PER_LONG != 32 || !defined(__USE_TIME_BITS64)) && !defined(__KERNEL)

so that we always see the second path in kernel sources?

It won't change the behavior of the patch, but it means we don't
have to patch it again soon afterwards.

I think we need to remove the 'timeval' definition from linux/time.h
since it might otherwise conflict with an incompatible user space
definition from sys/time.h, if an application includes both and gets
built with __USE_TIME_BITS64.


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