cvs commit: src/sys/kern vfs_subr.c

Poul-Henning Kamp phk at
Mon Sep 12 09:45:58 PDT 2005

In message <200509121240.51775.jkim at>, Jung-uk Kim writes:

>Please make sure to use `time_uptime' if you need monotonic timestamp.  
>Especially many network stacks seem to make sequence IDs and 
>timestamps to expire from `time_second' instead of time_uptime.  
>time_second is not guaranteed to be monotonic!  time_uptime is.

I would like to add that this is *also* true for userland
where uptime is called clock_gettime(CLOCK_MONOTONIC,...).

Please consider carefully, if you need a timestamp for a certain
time of day or just a certain inverval of time measured from now.

In the latter case, it is _always_ uptime/CLOCK_MONOTONIC you want.

Failure to do this means that your program/kernel code will do the
wrong thing when the clock is stepped (manually or by NTP).

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