Monotonic clocks

Daniel Eischen deischen at
Mon May 24 13:46:43 UTC 2010

On Mon, 24 May 2010, Chris Vine wrote:

> Hi,
> I am the upstream maintainer of efax-gtk and I am told recent versions
> of the program will not compile on the FreeBSD port of debian, because
> FreeBSD does not appear to provide pthread_condattr_setclock() to set a
> monotonic clock on condition variables.
> The program configuration script calls up sysconf() to determine
> whether the POSIX advanced realtime option (_SC_MONOTONIC_CLOCK) is
> provided, and FreeBSD's sysconf() indicates that it is.  Is anything
> else needed to enable monotonic clocks on BSD, or is sysconf()
> incorrectly advertising the implementation of monotonic clocks in BSD's
> libc?

What version of FreeBSD are you using?  The code looks like it
tries to use CLOCK_MONOTONIC if specified.  From 

_pthread_condattr_setclock(pthread_condattr_t *attr, clockid_t clock_id)
 	if (attr == NULL || *attr == NULL)
 		return (EINVAL);
 	if (clock_id != CLOCK_REALTIME &&
 	    clock_id != CLOCK_VIRTUAL &&
 	    clock_id != CLOCK_PROF &&
 	    clock_id != CLOCK_MONOTONIC) {
 		return  (EINVAL);
 	(*attr)->c_clockid = clock_id;
 	return (0);

Are you getting an error from pthread_condattr_setclock() or is
it just not functioning correctly?


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