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Re: Return value of 'times' on MS-Windows is constant and overflows

From: Pádraig Brady
Subject: Re: Return value of 'times' on MS-Windows is constant and overflows
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 00:42:22 +0100
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On 06/08/2014 04:23 PM, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
> The gnulib implementation of 'times' for MS-Windows uses the process
> creation time returned by the GetProcessTimes API to construct the
> value that the function should return.
> This has 2 problems:
>   . The value is constant: every call to 'times' within the same
>     process returns the same value.  Callers generally expect the
>     value to change, since Posix says the value is the elapsed time
>     since some arbitrary point in time, and that point doesn't change
>     for function calls in the same process.  For example, Guile's test
>     suite includes a test that calls 'times', sleeps for a few
>     seconds, then calls 'times' again, and expects the return value to
>     change by approximately the number of seconds it slept.

This seems correct. I.E. times() should count up.
I'll merge this but with s/change by/change according to/ in the line above.


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