[ntp:questions] nptq -p slowness

Danny Mayer mayer at ntp.isc.org
Thu Feb 1 13:17:06 UTC 2007

Maarten Wiltink wrote:
> "Maarten Wiltink" <maarten at kittensandcats.net> wrote in message
> news:45c05de2$0$325$e4fe514c at news.xs4all.nl...
>>> Maarten Wiltink wrote:
>> BTW, I am assuming here that the refid is communicated as 32 bits.
> And I just found out that this assumption was wrong; it's a string
> after all.

Just to be clear here. It's only a string when being returned as a
response an ntpq query that's returned to ntpq in a NTP Mode 6 packet.
The refid that's in an NTP packet as defined by the protocol is still a
32-bit quantity.


> That should make it dead easy to pass information about what the value
> in it means, should that discussion ever terminate on such a note.
> For loop detection, a unique cookie suffices; it doesn't need to be
> human-parseable or self-describing or in fact meaningful at all.
> Groetjes,
> Maarten Wiltink

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