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authorLinus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>2009-12-22 14:10:37 -0800
committerLinus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>2009-12-22 14:10:37 -0800
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treeb8506a6b61eb23e3d203fb248776c7eab9270c2d /Documentation
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Revert "time: Remove xtime_cache"
This reverts commit 7bc7d637452383d56ba4368d4336b0dde1bb476d, as requested by John Stultz. Quoting John: "Petr Titěra reported an issue where he saw odd atime regressions with 2.6.33 where there were a full second worth of nanoseconds in the nanoseconds field. He also reviewed the time code and narrowed down the problem: unhandled overflow of the nanosecond field caused by rounding up the sub-nanosecond accumulated time. Details: * At the end of update_wall_time(), we currently round up the sub-nanosecond portion of accumulated time when storing it into xtime. This was added to avoid time inconsistencies caused when the sub-nanosecond portion was truncated when storing into xtime. Unfortunately we don't handle the possible second overflow caused by that rounding. * Previously the xtime_cache code hid this overflow by normalizing the xtime value when storing into the xtime_cache. * We could try to handle the second overflow after the rounding up, but since this affects the timekeeping's internal state, this would further complicate the next accumulation cycle, causing small errors in ntp steering. As much as I'd like to get rid of it, the xtime_cache code is known to work. * The correct fix is really to include the sub-nanosecond portion in the timekeeping accessor function, so we don't need to round up at during accumulation. This would greatly simplify the accumulation code. Unfortunately, we can't do this safely until the last three non-GENERIC_TIME arches (sparc32, arm, cris) are converted (those patches are in -mm) and we kill off the spots where arches set xtime directly. This is all 2.6.34 material, so I think reverting the xtime_cache change is the best approach for now. Many thanks to Petr for both reporting and finding the issue!" Reported-by: Petr Titěra <P.Titera@century.cz> Requested-by: john stultz <johnstul@us.ibm.com> Cc: Ingo Molnar <mingo@elte.hu> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
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