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Re: select/poll bug?

On Sat, 2008-08-02 at 11:23 +0200, Alan Barrett wrote:
> On Sat, 02 Aug 2008, Roy Marples wrote:
> > no man page for select(2) or poll(2) indicate that it *may* return
> > a timeout even when there's a very small amount of time left to
> > wait. This amount of time is normally around 500 usecs or less
> Are you saying that NetBSD's select(2) and poll(2) do not actually do
> what they are expected to do?  Please could you explain in more detail,
> and is there a PR for this?

OK, this is what happens on Linux - I didn't actually test on NetBSD or
FreeBSD for this specific issue. I will test later today, but am pretty
sure it exists as Joerg did report a similar issue once but could not
reproduce it. But, roughly, the issue is like this

struct timeval expire, now, wait;
timersub(&expire, &now, &wait);
if (select(...., &wait) == 0) {
        if (timercmp(&expire, &now, >))

get_monotonic is a clock_gettime call that converts the resultant
timespec into a timeval.

I did find a discussion on the Linux kernel mailing list about this very
issue and the end result was don't use select/poll for high resolution
dependant timers. I'll see if I can dig the link up.



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