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Subject[PATCH v8 7/8] lib/vdso: force inlining of __cvdso_clock_gettime_common()
When adding gettime64() to a 32 bit architecture (namely powerpc/32)
it has been noticed that GCC doesn't inline anymore
__cvdso_clock_gettime_common() because it is called twice
(Once by __cvdso_clock_gettime() and once by

This has the effect of seriously degrading the performance:

Before the implementation of gettime64(), gettime() runs in:

clock-gettime-monotonic-raw: vdso: 1003 nsec/call
clock-gettime-monotonic-coarse: vdso: 592 nsec/call
clock-gettime-monotonic: vdso: 942 nsec/call

When adding a gettime64() entry point, the standard gettime()
performance is degraded by 30% to 50%:

clock-gettime-monotonic-raw: vdso: 1300 nsec/call
clock-gettime-monotonic-coarse: vdso: 900 nsec/call
clock-gettime-monotonic: vdso: 1232 nsec/call

Adding __always_inline() to __cvdso_clock_gettime_common()
regains the original performance.

In terms of code size, the inlining increases the code size
by only 176 bytes. This is in the noise for a kernel image.

Signed-off-by: Christophe Leroy <>
lib/vdso/gettimeofday.c | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/lib/vdso/gettimeofday.c b/lib/vdso/gettimeofday.c
index a2909af4b924..7938d3c4901d 100644
--- a/lib/vdso/gettimeofday.c
+++ b/lib/vdso/gettimeofday.c
@@ -210,7 +210,7 @@ static __always_inline int do_coarse(const struct vdso_data *vd, clockid_t clk,
return 0;

-static __maybe_unused int
+static __always_inline int
__cvdso_clock_gettime_common(const struct vdso_data *vd, clockid_t clock,
struct __kernel_timespec *ts)
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