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From Martin Kraemer <>
Subject Re: Minimizing number of system calls?
Date Thu, 13 Nov 1997 14:04:24 GMT
On Wed, Nov 12, 1997 at 09:47:40PM -0800, Dean Gaudet wrote:
> I actually thought of another call I could remove, but the trick to do it
> is escaping me right now ... I'll update the document next time it comes
> back to me. 

I observed a number of redundant system calls on various SVR4 systems:
depending on the setting of the TZ environment variable, _each_ call to
gettimeofday() could cost three extra system calls:

    open("/usr/lib/locale/TZ/localtime", O_RDONLY, 0) = 3
    read(3, "\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0".., 7944)     = 778
    close(3)                                        = 0

This happens only if the TZ variable uses the external time zone files
(when you set TZ=:{timezone}, e.g., TZ=:MET), not when the SYSV syntax
with the summer time algorithm included in the TZ setting is used (e.g.,

I think we should warn users _somewhere_ that SVR4 performance can be
slightly improved by setting the TZ variable right :-(

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