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Old 09-27-2010
pthread_mutex_timedlock and Timers option

in its man-page pthread_mutex_timedlock documents that the absolute timeout parameter should be based on the CLOCK_REALTIME clock or in the system clock. All this depending on whether the 'Timers option' is supported or not.

What do they mean by 'Timers option'? How could I tell for sure what time getter API should I use in my specific platform?

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Old 09-27-2010
See man clock_gettime.
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Old 09-27-2010
but that does not help me understand the statement in the pthread_mutex_timedlock man-page. All the examples I have seen around they use clock_gettime with option CLOCK_REALTIME before calling pthread_mutex_timedlock. But this did not work on my platform and what did work was to get the time by means of gettimeofday, convert to timespec and then call pthread_mutex_timedlock.

okay, I did not want to go into the details of my test, because I'm sure this will drive the discussion away from my basic question. How can I tell that in my platform the 'Timers option' (as in pthread_mutex_timedlock's man-page) is available or not?
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Old 09-27-2010
In what manner did it 'not work' on your platform? runtime error? link error? compiler error? If it's just a runtime error, the obvious way would be to try it and see if it's available.
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Old 09-27-2010
run time misbehavior. it did timeout much before the absolute time passed as parameter.

ps: something strange here. in my browser I read that your first reply says 'clock_gettime', but in the notification I got via email it says 'clock_getres'.
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Old 09-27-2010
Originally Posted by ramestica
run time misbehavior. it did timeout much before the absolute time passed as parameter.
Ah, so it's not unavailable as much as just not working correctly. To see what's going on I'd need to see the code.
ps: something strange here. in my browser I read that your first reply says 'clock_gettime', but in the notification I got via email it says 'clock_getres'.
A mistake on my part. I frequently edit my posts.
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Old 09-27-2010
The term "Timers option" comes from the IEEE Std 1003.1-2004 (The Open Group Base Specifications, Issue 6) standard which was superceeded by IEEE Std 1003.1-2008 (The Open Group Base Specifications Issue 7).

See IEEE Std 1003.1-2004 XBD (Base Definitions) section 1.51 Codes for exact details. Essentially the "Time Options" consisted of optional POSIX.1b (Realtime extension) functionality denoted by the margin notation "[TMR]".

In this particular specification, clock_getres(), clock_gettime(), clock_settime() and more were denoted by [TMR] - hence the appropriate verbiage in the pthread_mutex_timedlock() man page.

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