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From: Johannes Berg <>
To: Ben Greear <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH-v3 1/2] wireless: Support assoc-at-ms timer in sta-info
Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2019 16:56:52 +0200
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In-Reply-To: <>

On Fri, 2019-06-14 at 07:46 -0700, Ben Greear wrote:
> The point of my patch was to allow 'iw' to return a more precise time
> that the station has been associated, so I am not sure that BOOTIME is
> a good thing to use for that?

Depends what you want, really.

> +       if (sinfo[NL80211_STA_INFO_ASSOC_AT_MS])
> +               printf("\n\tassociated at:\t%llu ms",
> +                        (unsigned long long)nla_get_u64(sinfo[NL80211_STA_INFO_ASSOC_AT_MS]));
> -       printf("\n");
> +       printf("\n\tcurrent time:\t%llu ms\n", now_ms);

Since you just print the time in milliseconds, and the current time in
milliseconds, you don't even really have any value in the wall clock.
Quite the opposite - this lends itself to subtracting to try to figure
out how long it was associated, which is the completely wrong thing to
do with wall clock - timezone adjustment could've happened inbetween,
for example!

I really see no point in trying to give the wall clock at assoc time. If
no timezone adjustment happened, you can just as well give the boottime
and have the userspace figure out the wall clock. If timezone adjustment
happened, then any calculations are wrong anyway, what would the point


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Thread overview: 8+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-04-15 17:21 greearb
2019-04-15 17:21 ` [PATCH-v3 2/2] mac80211: add assoc-at-ms support greearb
2019-06-12 22:53   ` Ben Greear
2019-06-14 13:38 ` [PATCH-v3 1/2] wireless: Support assoc-at-ms timer in sta-info Johannes Berg
2019-06-14 14:46   ` Ben Greear
2019-06-14 14:56     ` Johannes Berg [this message]
2019-06-14 15:14       ` Ben Greear
2019-06-14 18:46         ` Johannes Berg

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