Does Linux provide a reasonable way to measure how long a process has
existed for? The goal is to have a function that returns the number of
milliseconds since process-creation.
We'd like to be able to have Firefox self-diagnose startup times.
Unfortunately, it turns out that library loading time adds a lot to
startup before application code runs, so a in-application timer would
underestimate startup time.
It appears that the most precise solution is to read start time from
/proc/self/stat. Unfortunately the time is in jiffies-since-startup and
there don't seem to be any good counters to compare against (ie
/proc/uptime doesn't provide enough resolution). So far the only
workable solution seems to create a new thread/process. Then one can do
(/proc/<newpid>/stat.starttime - /proc/self/stat.starttime) * 1000 / HZ
The question is, there way for a process to measure time-since-startup
without horrible hacks like spawning a new processes?
ps. Perhaps /proc/timer_list contains enough info?
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