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// Copyright 2009 The Go Authors. All rights reserved.
// Use of this source code is governed by a BSD-style
// license that can be found in the LICENSE file.

package time

import "errors"

// A Ticker holds a channel that delivers `ticks' of a clock
// at intervals.
type Ticker struct {
	C <-chan Time // The channel on which the ticks are delivered.
	r runtimeTimer
}

// NewTicker returns a new Ticker containing a channel that will send the
// time with a period specified by the duration argument.
// It adjusts the intervals or drops ticks to make up for slow receivers.
// The duration d must be greater than zero; if not, NewTicker will panic.
// Stop the ticker to release associated resources.
func NewTicker(d Duration) *Ticker {
	if d <= 0 {
		panic(errors.New("non-positive interval for NewTicker"))
	}
	// Give the channel a 1-element time buffer.
	// If the client falls behind while reading, we drop ticks
	// on the floor until the client catches up.
	c := make(chan Time, 1)
	t := &Ticker{
		C: c,
		r: runtimeTimer{
			when:   when(d),
			period: int64(d),
			f:      sendTime,
			arg:    c,
		},
	}
	startTimer(&t.r)
	return t
}

// Stop turns off a ticker. After Stop, no more ticks will be sent.
// Stop does not close the channel, to prevent a concurrent goroutine
// reading from the channel from seeing an erroneous "tick".
func (t *Ticker) Stop() {
	stopTimer(&t.r)
}

// Tick is a convenience wrapper for NewTicker providing access to the ticking
// channel only. While Tick is useful for clients that have no need to shut down
// the Ticker, be aware that without a way to shut it down the underlying
// Ticker cannot be recovered by the garbage collector; it "leaks".
// Unlike NewTicker, Tick will return nil if d <= 0.
func Tick(d Duration) <-chan Time {
	if d <= 0 {
		return nil
	}
	return NewTicker(d).C
}