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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 0/2] Introduce a way to adjust CLOCK_BOOTTIME from userspace for VM guests

On 10.02.21 11:39, Hikaru Nishida wrote:
> From: Hikaru Nishida <>
> Hi folks,
> We'd like to add a sysfs interface that enable us to advance
> CLOCK_BOOTTIME from userspace. The use case of this change is that
> adjusting guest's CLOCK_BOOTTIME as host suspends to ensure that the
> guest can notice the device has been suspended.
> We have an application that rely on the difference between
> CLOCK_BOOTTIME and CLOCK_MONOTONIC to detect whether the device went
> suspend or not. However, the logic did not work well on VM environment
> since most VMs are pausing the VM guests instead of actually suspending
> them on the host's suspension.
> With following patches, we can adjust CLOCK_BOOTTIME without actually
> suspending guest and make the app working as intended.
> I think this feature is also useful for other VM solutions since there
> was no way to do this from userspace.
> As far as I checked, it is working as expected but is there any concern
> about this change? If so, please let me know.

I don't fully grasp why you want the guest to manually adjust its
CLOCK_BOOTTIME. Wouldn't it make more sense to extend kvmclock's notion
of wall clock time to tell you about suspended vs executed wall clock?


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