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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 6/8] socket: Add SO_TIMESTAMP[NS]_NEW
> 3 reasons for not doing this:
> 1. We do not want to break userspace. If we move this to
> linux/socket.h all the userspace programs now have to include
> linux/socket.h or get this definition through a new libc.
> 2. All the socket options are together in the file asm/socket.h. It
> doesn't seem good for maintainability to move just a few bits
> elsewhere.
> 3. There are only 4 arches (after the series is applied) that have
> their own asm/socket.h. And, this is because there seems to be
> significant differences to asm-generic/socket.h that don't seem
> logically obvious to group and eliminate some of the defines.

Agreed. All good reasons to leave as is.

> Also for the other comment. The reason the conditionals were not
> consistent is because they were not consistent to begin with.

The only difference I see is an inversion of the test. Nesting order
is the same:

int need_software_tstamp = sock_flag(sk, SOCK_RCVTSTAMP);
if (need_software_tstamp) {
if (!sock_flag(sk, SOCK_RCVTSTAMPNS)) {
} else {


if (sock_flag(sk, SOCK_RCVTSTAMP)) {
if (sock_flag(sk, SOCK_RCVTSTAMPNS)) {
} else {

I suggest just adding something like

if (need_software_tstamp) {
+ if (sock_uses_new_tstamp(sk) {
+ __sock_recv_timestamp_new(msg, sk,
+ } else if (!sock_flag(sk, SOCK_RCVTSTAMPNS)) {
- if (!sock_flag(sk, SOCK_RCVTSTAMPNS)) {
} else {


if (sock_flag(sk, SOCK_RCVTSTAMP)) {
+ if (sock_uses_new_tstamp(sk) {
+ __sock_recv_timestamp_new(msg, sk, ts);
+ else if (sock_flag(sk, SOCK_RCVTSTAMPNS)) {
- if (sock_flag(sk, SOCK_RCVTSTAMPNS)) {
} else {

I think we can use the same helper for both the sock and tcp variant.
The only intended difference between the two functions, as described
in the tcp_recv_timestamp function comment, is the absence of an skb
in the tcp case. That is immaterial at this level.

Note also (2) tentative helper function sock_uses_new_tstamp(const
struct sock *sk) instead of testing sock_flag(sk, SOCK_TSTAMP_NEW)
directly. Since the .._NEW variants are equivalent to .._OLD on 64-bit,
I wonder if we can just compile out the branch. Something like

static inline bool sock_uses_new_tstamp(const struct sock *sk) {
return (sizeof(time_t) != sizeof(__kernel_long_t)) &&
sock_flag(sk, SOCK_TSTAMP_NEW);

> I'm trying to follow your request to keep code churn to minimal.
> It's just that I moved to a different function as that seemed logical
> to me. Do you prefer me to remove that refactoring?

Yes, please avoid rearranging existing code as much as possible.

If there is any refactoring to be done, I think it would be to
deduplicate the shared logic between __sock_recv_timestamp and
tcp_recv_timestamp. I think the first can be rewritten to reuse the
second, if the only difference really is that the first takes an skb with
embedded timestamps, while the second directly takes a pointer to
struct scm_timestamping.

Either way, that's out of scope for this patchset.

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