Re: [PATCH 2/4] time: add a notifier chain for when the system timeis stepped

From: David Vrabel
Date: Thu Jun 20 2013 - 06:50:28 EST

On 19/06/13 17:52, John Stultz wrote:
> On 06/19/2013 08:25 AM, David Vrabel wrote:
>> From: David Vrabel <david.vrabel@xxxxxxxxxx>
>> The high resolution timer code gets notified of step changes to the
>> system time with clock_was_set() or clock_was_set_delayed() calls. If
>> other parts of the kernel require similar notification there is no
>> clear place to hook into.
>> Add a clock_was_set atomic notifier chain
>> (clock_was_set_notifier_list) and call this in place of
>> clock_was_set(). If the timekeeping locks are held, the calls are
>> deferred to a new tasklet.
>> The hrtimer code adds a notifier block to this chain and uses it to
>> call (the now internal) clock_was_set(). Since the timekeeping code
>> does not call the chain from the timer irq clock_was_set_delayed() and
>> associated code can be removed.
> So on my initial quick review, this *looks* pretty reasonable. I get a
> little worried about interface abuse (ie: random drivers trying to hook
> into clock_was_set_notifier_list), but we can move that into
> timekeeper_internal.h or something similar to limit that.

I can move the actual list to time.c but we still need to provide a
register_clock_was_set_notifier() call in linux/time.h as the two
current users (Xen and hrtimers) don't include and probably should not
include timekeeper_internal.h.

> The other issue here is we've been burned pretty badly in the past with
> changes to clock_was_set(), as its key to keeping timers in line with
> timekeeping. So this will need a fair amount of testing and run time
> before this gets merged, so 3.12 is what we'd be targeting at the
> earliest (its getting a bit late for taking changes for 3.11 anyway).

hrtimer's clock_was_set() is called at the same point in the non-delayed

For the delayed case, it used to be called at the beginning of the
hrtimer softirq and now it is called from a tasklet, but if I understand
this correctly, the tasklet softirq will be called before the hrtimer
one so this should give the same behaviour.

> If you want to try to push patch 1/4 in for 3.11 via the Xen tree, I'll
> see about queuing the other three for hopefully 3.12.

3.12 is fine. I'd prefer to have a correct and well-tested fix merged.

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