sysctl with KERN_BOOTTIME option vs. gettimeofday()
Pieter de Goeje
pieter at degoeje.nl
Tue Mar 17 10:12:56 PDT 2009
On Tuesday 17 March 2009 16:17:55 Mari Kotlov wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I am doing a port of C++ code from Windows to FreeBSD and need to
> replace function GetTickCount(), which is used mostly for the purposes
> of obtaining elapsed time (e.g. as a millisecond timer). As I
> understand it, there are two ways to do that: 1) via sysctl() function
> with CTL_KERN&KERN_BOOTTIME options and 2) via gettimeofday(). In both
> case, struct timeval is returned, so I can compute the difference
> between the two times and get the elapsed time.
> I am wondering if anyone could tell me performance implications of
> using sysctl() function call to obtain system boot time vs.
> gettimeofday(). Is one better than the other? More efficient? Are
> there advantages or disadvantages to using either of these two
> methods? Any insight would be appreciated.
> Thanks very much in advance,
For the purpose of determining the elapsed time between two measurements, I
can recommend clock_gettime(2) w/ CLOCK_MONOTONIC as clock_id.
Sysctl is definately not meant to be used for this, as it is not portable and
has probably more overhead than clock_gettime() or gettimeofday().
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