Open the file descriptor for the timer synchronously.
We used to do it in
itimer_thread_func (i.e. in the timer thread) but it
meant that some user code could run before it and get confused by the
allocation of the timerfd.
See hClose002 which unsafely closes a file descriptor twice expecting an exception the second time: it sometimes failed when the second call to "close" closed our own timerfd which inadvertently reused the same file descriptor closed by the first call! (see #20618 (closed))