[svlug] Milliseconds in a Kernel Jiffy

norm@dad.org norm at dad.org
Tue Jan 13 11:22:45 PST 2009

I wrote:

>According to "man proc", there are 10 milliseconds in a kernel jiffy... Can I
>count on that for future kernels? If not, is there some way I can dig it out of
>/proc or somewhere else?

Thank you all for the help. The answer is that, indeed, the duration of
jiffy varies from kernel to kerel. The command, getconf, or the
C callable, sysconf(), can obtain the duration.

    Norman Shapiro
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