Bug 735789 - realtime clock functions need to link with -lrt
Summary: realtime clock functions need to link with -lrt
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
Classification: Red Hat
Component: man-pages
Version: 6.1
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: rc
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Assignee: Peter Schiffer
QA Contact: Iveta Wiedermann
Depends On: 734836
Blocks: MPO-6.4-REMOVE
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2011-09-05 12:00 UTC by Peter Schiffer
Modified: 2013-02-21 10:45 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Cause: the clock_gettime(2), clock_getres(2), and clock_nanosleep(2) manual pages did not mention the "-lrt" option Consequence: incorrect documentaiton Fix: mention the "-lrt" option in the aforementioned manual pages Result: correct documentation
Clone Of: 734836
Last Closed: 2013-02-21 10:45:21 UTC
Target Upstream Version:

Attachments (Terms of Use)

System ID Private Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Red Hat Product Errata RHBA-2013:0447 0 normal SHIPPED_LIVE man-pages bug fix and enhancement update 2013-02-20 20:47:52 UTC

Description Peter Schiffer 2011-09-05 12:00:42 UTC
+++ This bug was initially created as a clone of Bug #734836 +++

Description of problem:
The clock_gettime(2), clock_settime(2), clock_getres(2) and clock_nanosleep(2) man pages do not mention the fact that you must link to the librt library (with -lrt command line option) to use them.

Without -lrt, the compile fails:
$ gcc test.c
/tmp/ccyoU0Vi.o: In function `getustime':
test.c:(.text+0x36): undefined reference to `clock_gettime'
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status

The latest version of the man page in Fedora 15 does note this fact in the SYNOPSYS section:
       #include <time.h>

       int clock_getres(clockid_t clk_id, struct timespec *res);

       int clock_gettime(clockid_t clk_id, struct timespec *tp);

       int clock_settime(clockid_t clk_id, const struct timespec *tp);

       Link with -lrt.

Please update the realtime clock function man pages to note the linking options.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:
every time

Steps to Reproduce:
1. man clock_gettime

Actual results:
no mention of -lrt link option

Expected results:
note on linking with -lrt

--- Additional comment from jbastian on 2011-08-31 11:25:10 EDT ---

There's something strange with the RHEL 6 man pages: the upstream man-pages-3.22.tar.gz contains the linking notes and was written in 2009, but the RHEL 6 version of the man page is from 2004.

--- Additional comment from jbastian on 2011-08-31 11:29:48 EDT ---

The RHEL 6 man-pages-3.22-17.el6.src.rpm contains a man-pages_syscalls-01.tar.bz2 which overrides a number of the man pages including the clock_* pages with much older versions of the pages.

Is this intentional?

--- Additional comment from pschiffe on 2011-09-05 07:59:33 EDT ---

man-pages_syscalls-01.tar.bz2 is from old BZ #159225, when not all man pages was included in upstream tarball. It should be revised and irrelevant man pages removed.

For now, I'll fix four clock_* functions in MPO process in RHEL-6.2, rest when man-pages component will be updated in RHEL.

Comment 3 Suzanne Logcher 2012-02-15 17:17:51 UTC
This request was evaluated by Red Hat Product Management for
inclusion in the current release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Because the affected component is not scheduled to be updated
in the current release, Red Hat is unfortunately unable to
address this request at this time, but it has been proposed
for the next release.

Comment 12 errata-xmlrpc 2013-02-21 10:45:21 UTC
Since the problem described in this bug report should be
resolved in a recent advisory, it has been closed with a
resolution of ERRATA.

For information on the advisory, and where to find the updated
files, follow the link below.

If the solution does not work for you, open a new bug report.


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