Re: VDSO gettimeofday() x86_64 linux 3.2

From: wilson self
Date: Tue Oct 16 2012 - 15:43:09 EST

I am just using gcc timetest.c -o timetest

Should be dynamically linked. glibc is 2.5, which is quite old, but I
think this should still work with it, no?

On Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 2:39 PM, Andy Lutomirski <luto@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 12:33 PM, wilson self <wself00@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> current_clocksource is tsc.
>> the entire source of the test application:
>> ---
>> #include <stdio.h>
>> #include <stdlib.h>
>> #include <sys/time.h>
>> #include <time.h>
>> int main() {
>> struct timeval tim;
>> gettimeofday(&tim, NULL);
>> printf("%.6lf seconds\n", tim.tv_sec+tim.tv_usec/1000000.0);
>> }
>> ---
>> nothing fancy going on here.
>> thanks for the help.
> There's lots of hidden fanciness. What glibc version are you using
> and how are you linking to glibc? All but the newest glibc versions
> use the old vsyscall when statically linked. The newest versions use
> the syscall instead. If you're dynamically linking, then gettimeofday
> should be okay even with fairly old glibc versions.
> (FWIW, glibc maintainership has changed since this was decided. Feel
> free to bug the new maintainers if you care about statically-linked
> performance. The only other runtime library I know of that uses the
> vdso or vsyscalls is Go, and the newest versions do the right thing.)
> --Andy
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