Are we interested in supporting low resolution system clocks?

Eric S. Raymond esr at
Wed Jun 7 00:41:32 UTC 2017

Hal Murray via devel <devel at>:
> > I have run tests removing the fuzz code.  Never found any change with or
> > without the clock fuzz.  I was too scared to remove it.
> It's scattered all over the place so I'm impressed if you really removed it 
> all.
> The code that I was looking at in ntp_packetstamp had a run time test.
>         if (sys_tick > measured_tick && sys_tick > S_PER_NS) {
> and sys_tick == measured_tick on one sample system so the next few lines were 
> never executed.
> If Eric and Mark agree that we don't need to support big tick OSes, I'll look 
> harder at trying to figure out what it does to see if there is anything 
> useful we need to save.

I think it is likely we don't need to support those.  But I'd be terrified
of yanking that code without some pretty xareful research and review. Not
a pre-1.0 thing.
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