struct timehands: th_generation field

Ian Lepore ian at
Thu Jul 23 15:28:49 UTC 2015

On Thu, 2015-07-23 at 10:59 -0400, Brandon Allbery wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 10:38 AM, <deco33000 at> wrote:
> > Is the maximum value for th_generation equal to 10 ?
> >
> >
> I don't think those relate to generations. Generations change on every
> clock tick; the multiple timehands structs relate to forcibly setting the
> time, as opposed to the clock moving forward normally. It does appear serve
> a similar purpose, since forcibly setting the time is even more "violent"
> (to anything currently reading the clock) than advancing the clock on a
> clock tick, since that's when other adjustments including possibly
> switching the clock source will be applied.

Ummm, no.  The multiple timehands and related generation count are all
about time moving forward normally, and doing so without needing mutxes
or other locking primitives to obtain the current time.  I think you
guys need to read this...

Especially the section named "Locking, lack of..."

-- Ian

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