[ntp:questions] new driver development

Bruce Lilly bruce.lilly at gmail.com
Fri Mar 18 01:44:54 UTC 2011

On Thu, 17 Mar 2011 19:57:02 +0000, Harlan Stenn wrote:

> Please see http://support.ntp.org/bin/view/Dev/RefclockShmV2 
> I'm curious if we can support both POSIX and SVID SHM from the same
> codebase, and use a flag bit or a mode to select which one is used.

OK, looked at it and the bug it references.  Comments:

1. one code base is probably impractical (see separate response to Dave 
Hart's post).

2. What's needed to coordinate driver and shared memory client access is 
a proper semaphore or mutex, not more modes to avoid doing the job 
properly. For crying out loud, Dijkstra's semaphore paper is now ca. 46 
years old:

3. to get nanosecond timestamping on a non-proprietary platform implies 
use of (POSIX) clock_gettime() or something like it, which uses (POSIX) 
struct timespec.  If one has those, one likely also has POSIX shared 
memory and POSIX mutexes and semaphores.  Mixing POSIX and SVID seems 
like a bad idea; at some point, the SVID-specific stuff is going to go 
the way of Lotus-1-2-3 (and I say that as a long time user of genuine 
UNIX (Registered Trademark) System V).

4. Assuming specific sizes for an integer is a really bad idea...
"(64 bits making up the) clockTimeStamp* and receiveTimeStamp* fields"

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