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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH v2 07/14] m68k: atari: Convert to clocksource API
On Tue, 20 Nov 2018, Linus Walleij wrote:

>
> Yes you already see the same as I see: this chip MK68901 has no less
> than four timers. I bet the kernel is just using one of them, out of
> habit.
>
> By just setting another timer as free-running we get a classic and clean
> Linux clocksource for the Atari.
>

These are all 8-bit timers. Whereas the smallest clocksource mask I can
find with grep is 24-bits.

You can divide the oscillator down to 12288 Hz giving a maximum period of
20 ms. My concern would be that clocksource counter wrap could still go
undetected given a little interrupt latency.

> This is however a very good start in untangling the mess (as is the
> whole patch series).
>

It should be exciting to see what happens when some of these changes get
tested 8-) I've only seen results for Mac and Atari so far.

> As with the Amiga, this chip also has an RTC clock that should go to the
> RTC subsystem, naturally.
>

I think some Atari's have an MC146818, which is drivers/rtc/rtc-cmos.c,
arch/alpha/kernel/rtc.c etc.

--

> Yours,
> Linus Walleij
>

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