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include/drivers/system_timer.h: Clean up docs

Tighten up some phrasing that had proven confusing.

Signed-off-by: Andy Ross <>
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andyross authored and nashif committed Jun 17, 2019
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  1. +8 −5 include/drivers/system_timer.h
@@ -1,5 +1,6 @@
* Copyright (c) 2015 Wind River Systems, Inc.
* Copyright (c) 2019 Intel Corporation
* SPDX-License-Identifier: Apache-2.0
@@ -54,16 +55,16 @@ extern int z_clock_device_ctrl(struct device *device, u32_t ctrl_command,
* is that one tick announcement should occur within one tick BEFORE
* the specified expiration (that is, passing ticks==1 means "announce
* the next tick", this convention was chosen to match legacy usage).
* A ticks value of zero (or even negative) is legal, it simply
* indicates the kernel would like the next tick announcement as soon
* as possible.
* Similarly a ticks value of zero (or even negative) is legal and
* treated identically: it simply indicates the kernel would like the
* next tick announcement as soon as possible.
* Note that ticks can also be passed the special value K_FOREVER,
* indicating that no future timer interrupts are expected or required
* and that the system is permitted to enter an indefinite sleep even
* if this could cause rollover of the internal counter (i.e. the
* system uptime counter is allowed to be wrong, see
* k_enable_sys_clock_always_on().
* k_enable_sys_clock_always_on()).
* Note also that it is conventional for the kernel to pass INT_MAX
* for ticks if it wants to preserve the uptime tick count but doesn't
@@ -107,7 +108,9 @@ extern void z_clock_idle_exit(void);
* Informs the kernel that the specified number of ticks have elapsed
* since the last call to z_clock_announce() (or system startup for
* the first call).
* the first call). The timer driver is expected to delivery these
* announcements as close as practical (subject to hardware and
* latency limitations) to tick boundaries.
* @param ticks Elapsed time, in ticks

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