Re: time warps, I despair

Andreas Koppenhoefer (
04 Nov 1996 12:33:44 +0100


>>>>> "IM" == Ingo Molnar <> writes:
In article <>
Ingo Molnar <> writes:

IM> On Thu, 31 Oct 1996, Ulrich Windl wrote:
>> So what's the effect? From time to time the clock offset jumps for
>> some amount always less or equal to what's worth one tick (i.e.
>> offset jumps around from -5ms to 5ms when synchronized). [...]
IM> this could be caused by a 'lost jiffy'. Lost jiffy is a timer hardware
IM> interrupt that misses us completely. Under normal hardware circumstances
IM> (no APM, etc.), this is only possible if there is a cli()/sti() pair that
IM> lasts for more than 10 millisec.
IM> You can totally eliminate the Pentium stuff by turning APM support on in
IM> the kernel (or commenting out the last few lines in time.c), thus the PIC
IM> timer is used as high precision timing offset source.

Sorry, but I think this is NOT only pentium related - It might be a more
general problem!

Ulrich's graphs show spike interval of 10-12 minutes if I read these graphs
correctly. On my system I can see a similar spike interval of about
120 minutes.

My system is a i486-DX2/66 running on a ASUS-SP3G motherboard with
xntpd-3.4z and linux 2.0.14. I see this anomaly for about two years
now (since kernel 1.1.3x or so). Time source is a cheap DCF77 receiver
on a serial port. Before you ask: There are no processes which runs every
even hour like cron or so.

- - Andreas

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