[ntp:questions] Re: How much load is caused by running "ntpq -p"?

Richard B. Gilbert rgilbert88 at comcast.net
Fri Oct 1 13:36:31 UTC 2004

brad at shub-internet.org wrote:

>Just kind of idly wondering here.  Does anyone know how much load is caused
>by running this command?  Could you overload a time server by running it
>too often?  Could you cause a time server to start to lose time by running
>it too often?
>If this command does cause a heavy load on the time server, how often is
>"often enough" versus "too often"?
>I'm seeing some strange things on one of my machines, and I'm trying to
>figure out if I'm causing my own problems by running this command too
>often, or if there might be something else going on.  Thanks!
I would characterize the load as negligible.  Of course if you are 
running it once per second on a 386sx processor, it might present a 
significant load.

I query my server quite frequently at times and have never noticed a 
problem I could attribute to excessive use of ntpq -p.

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