[LAU] RTC/HPET timer permissions

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To: Linux Audio User <linux-audio-user@...>
Date: Sunday, November 25, 2012 - 10:00 am

Long ago, I've read many people recommending setting relaxed permissions
on /dev/rtc for using programs like Muse, and I remember back in the
early 2000's even seeing MPlayer requiring this and complaining on the
console when it couldn't get it.

Pretty much all distros now set default permissions of 0600 root:root on
/dev/rtc now, and MPlayer works now anyway. Is it still necessary or
recommended these days for proper operation of audio apps to have a
user-accessible /dev/rtc? Is there a security risk? Do regular users
need write access, or would a mode like 0640 root:realtime be
sufficient?

Also, I notice there is a /dev/hpet node too. Same questions apply
there, since I would imagine HPET gives the best time of all.

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[LAU] RTC/HPET timer permissions, Brent Busby, (Sun Nov 25, 10:00 am)
Re: [LAU] RTC/HPET timer permissions, Clemens Ladisch, (Sun Nov 25, 12:23 pm)
Re: [LAU] RTC/HPET timer permissions, Jeremy Jongepier, (Sun Nov 25, 8:17 pm)
Re: [LAU] RTC/HPET timer permissions, Clemens Ladisch, (Mon Nov 26, 2:03 pm)
Re: [LAU] RTC/HPET timer permissions, Robert Jonsson, (Tue Nov 27, 11:10 am)
Re: [LAU] RTC/HPET timer permissions, Jeremy Jongepier, (Tue Nov 27, 10:41 am)
Re: [LAU] RTC/HPET timer permissions, Clemens Ladisch, (Tue Nov 27, 12:32 pm)
Re: [LAU] RTC/HPET timer permissions, Ralf Mardorf, (Tue Nov 27, 11:39 am)
Re: [LAU] RTC/HPET timer permissions, Jeremy Jongepier, (Tue Nov 27, 11:55 am)
Re: [LAU] RTC/HPET timer permissions, Brent Busby, (Mon Nov 26, 3:24 pm)
Re: [LAU] RTC/HPET timer permissions, Clemens Ladisch, (Mon Nov 26, 3:26 pm)
Re: [LAU] RTC/HPET timer permissions, Brent Busby, (Sun Nov 25, 7:05 pm)
Re: [LAU] RTC/HPET timer permissions, Gene Heskett, (Sun Nov 25, 2:32 pm)