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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH 2/4] time: add a notifier chain for when the system time is stepped

On 06/21/2013 12:57 AM, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
On Thu, 20 Jun 2013, 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.
You fail to explain why any other part of the kernel requires a
We went great length to confine timekeeping inside the core code and
now you add random notifiers along with totally ugly tasklet
constructs. What for?

Without a reasonable explanation of the problem you are trying to
solve this is going nowhere near the tree.

It took awhile for me to get why it was needed as well.

My understanding is that on Xen, they want the hypervisor's virtual RTC needs to be aligned with Dom0s system time (so that DomN guests boot with the correct time). Thus changes to the system time need to cause Dom0 to update the virtual RTC.

Its not terribly unlike the timerfd notification we do to userspace, but instead is done for the Dom0 Xen management code.

I do agree we need to keep users of the notification on a short leash (hopefully keeping the interface behind some sort of internal.h header file) so its easy to see when folks start trying to use it.


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