Re: Linux time code

From: Jesse Barnes
Date: Thu Aug 17 2006 - 18:48:08 EST

On Thursday, August 17, 2006 3:32 pm, john stultz wrote:
> On Thu, 2006-08-17 at 15:11 -0700, Jesse Barnes wrote:
> > On Thursday, August 17, 2006 2:58 pm, john stultz wrote:
> > > On Thu, 2006-08-17 at 13:43 +0200, Roman Zippel wrote:
> > > > What is missing is the abiltity to map a clock to a posix clock,
> > > > so that you would have CLOCK_REALTIME/CLOCK_MONOTONIC as NTP
> > > > controlled clocks and other CLOCK_* as the raw clock.
> > >
> > > Is there a use case for this (wanting non-NTP corrected time on a
> > > system running NTPd) you have in mind?
> >
> > Isn't this what CLOCK_MONOTONIC[_HR] is for? It's not supposed to
> > jump around at all, so the basic usage model is to use this source
> > for timestamping purposes...
> Well, CLOCK_MONOTONIC is not affected by calls to settimeofday() so it
> will never go backward, however it does get frequency correction if
> provided by NTP (thus a second will be a correct second and you won't
> accumulate error).

Hm, I guess that's ok for most of the timestamp applications I'm aware of
as long as NTP won't cause the clock to stand still...

FWIW I think many other Unices provide a raw cycle counter via the POSIX
clock routines. I don't imagine they're NTP corrected, since at least
on IRIX the application is expected to handle even cycle counter

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