Re: [PATCH 3/3] rtc: rtc-hid-sensor-time; add option hctosys to settime at boot

From: Andrew Morton
Date: Wed Apr 24 2013 - 17:15:09 EST

On Tue, 23 Apr 2013 17:47:20 +0200 Alexander Holler <holler@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> >>> "time_was_set_once" and have choosen one day just in case something
> >>> needs really long to boot (e.g. because of some lengthy fsck or whatever
> >>> else).
> >>>
> >>> A solution to both problems might be to change the logic for hctosys
> >>> completly to read the time when the first RTC device appears (or when
> >>> the device mentioned in CONFIG_RTC_HCTOSYS_DEVICE appears). But that
> >>> would require a change to hctosys or the RTC subsystem, which would
> >>> involve more patches and discussion. As rtc-hid-sensor-time currently
> >>> seems to be the only RTC with the above problems, I've gone the easy
> >>> route and only modified this driver.
> >>
> >> Oh, damn. I've forgotten my example above with NTP. In that case setting
> >> the time when the first RTC appears doesn't work.
> >
> > So a general solution might be to set the system time when the first RTC
> > (or the one mentioned in CONFIG_RTC_HCTOSYS_DEVICE) appears AND nothing
> > else did set the time before.
> To extend that idea a bit further, I think an option timewait (similiar
> to rootwait) would be a nice to have.
> If just time wouldn't be that rare ... ;)

Yes, some sort of notifier callout when the CONFIG_RTC_HCTOSYS_DEVICE
device is registered seems appropriate. I didn't understand why that
is problematic for NTP.

Getting all the lifetime/reference stuff right will be tricky :( Can't
shut down or unload a driver when it is on that notification list.

And it assumes that the CONFIG_RTC_HCTOSYS_DEVICE driver is all ready
to go when it registers itself. Hopefully that is true, but they
should be reviewed.

Adding the timewait thing sounds unpleasant - how to reliably tune the
interval for all possible users of your distro? We should aim to make
things synchronous, deterministic and

It all sounds like a moderate amount of work, but it would be great
to be able to fix this for all drivers, not just hid-sensor-time. That's
assuming that other drivers have the same issue - perhaps they don't,
but perhaps things can go wrong if the module loading order is wrong?
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