* Christian Borntraeger wrote:

> Why does it still shows numbers going backwards? I guess the sampled
> values for stime and utime change in flight between task_utime and
> task_stime are called. Lets say utime will be increased. Given the
> same sum_exec_runtime that means that the result of task_stime() will
> get smaller at this point.
> So Chucks patch only deals with sum_exec_runtime changing.

basically sum_exec_runtime is split up to form a precise utime/stime,
using the stime/utime ratio as the factor.

> > It seems to me that this patch would be the best option for 2.6.23.

> Ingo, do you have any opinion about how to proceed?

the problem occurs when there's a different "split" dictated by
p->stime/p->utime. The sum of stime+utime as reported should be
monotonic, but the individual components may not. (the reason is that we
have a precise "sum" for free, given by the scheduler, but we do not
want the overhead of per-syscall timestamps to get a precise stime/utime
numbers. So we sample p->stime and p->utime from the scheduler tick.)

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