Re: [PATCH] compatibility syscall layer (lets try again)

From: george anzinger (
Date: Tue Dec 10 2002 - 18:11:56 EST

Paul Mackerras wrote:
> Linus Torvalds writes:
> > Note that I've not committed the patch to my tree at all, and as far as I
> > am concerned this is in somebody elses court (ie somebody that cares about
> > restarting). I don't have any strong feelings either way about how
> > restarting should work - and I'd like to have somebody take it up and
> > testing it as well as having architecture maintainers largely sign off on
> > this approach.
> There is a simpler way to solve the nanosleep problem which doesn't
> involve any more restart magic than we have been using for years.
> That is to define a new sys_new_nanosleep system call which takes one
> argument which is a pointer to the time to sleep. If the sleep gets
> interrupted by a pending signal, the kernel sys_new_nanosleep will
> write back the remaining time (overwriting the requested time) and
> return -ERESTARTNOHAND. The glibc nanosleep() then looks like this:
> int nanosleep(const struct timespec *req, struct timespec *rem)
> {
> *rem = *req;
> return new_nanosleep(rem);
> }
> Any reason why this can't work?
> (BTW this is Rusty's idea. :)
This all started because the standard says nano_sleep should
wake up delta time from when it went to sleep. To this one
would need to save the absolute time, not the time
remaining. In other words, while ptrace or what ever are
doing there thing, time IS passing.

George Anzinger
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