[PATCH v2 1/2] timekeeping: add EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL for do_adjtimex()

Thomas Shao huishao at microsoft.com
Tue Oct 21 09:02:26 UTC 2014

> -----Original Message-----
> From: linux-kernel-owner at vger.kernel.org [mailto:linux-kernel-
> owner at vger.kernel.org] On Behalf Of Thomas Gleixner
> Sent: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 4:19 PM
> To: Thomas Shao
> Cc: gregkh at linuxfoundation.org; LKML; devel at linuxdriverproject.org;
> olaf at aepfle.de; apw at canonical.com; jasowang at redhat.com; KY Srinivasan;
> John Stultz; Richard Cochran
> Subject: RE: [PATCH v2 1/2] timekeeping: add EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL for
> do_adjtimex()
> On Tue, 21 Oct 2014, Thomas Shao wrote:
> > > I still do not have a consistent argument from you WHY you need to
> > > abuse
> > > do_adjtimex() to do that host - guest synchronization in the first place.
> > >
> >
> > I need a function to gradually slew guest time. do_adjtimex() provides
> > all the functionality. Also I could not find any other exposed func to
> > do this. I'd like to hear any feedback from you for this.
> As Richard and others told you already, there are various options:
> 1) Use NTP on that private network, which does not involve any kernel
>    changes at all.
>    Your argument, that this is hard for IT-Admins to set up is just
>    ridiculous. If an IT-Admin is not able to set that up, then he
>    should better stay away from setting up a guest in the first place,
>    really.
> 2) As pointed out already by others PPS/PTP might be a proper solution
>    for this.
>    All it takes is a pair of timestamps (host/guest) injected into the
>    proper subsystem and a controlling daemon on the guest side. That
>    would also avoid the problem of running NTPd and your kernel side
>    poor mans NTPd at the same time.
>    That pseudo NTP thing is just hilarious, really.
>    You take the host time stamp in timesync_onchannelcallback() and
>    schedule work. From the work queue you correlate the host time
>    stamp to the current time of the guest. So you correlate time
>    stamps which can be an arbitrary time apart. Brilliant solution
>    that, really.

OK. I'll investigate these options. Thanks.

> Thanks,
> 	tglx
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