[ntp:questions] 1 Machine, 2 NICs, 2 Instances of ntpd; Possible?

Maarten Wiltink maarten at kittensandcats.net
Wed Mar 12 13:15:00 UTC 2008

"David Woolley" <david at ex.djwhome.demon.co.uk.invalid> wrote in message
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> Maarten Wiltink wrote:
>> "David Woolley" <david at ex.djwhome.demon.co.uk.invalid> wrote in message
>> news:47d70081$0$510$5a6aecb4 at news.aaisp.net.uk...

>>> stratum
>>> root distance
>>> root dispersion
>>> system peer
>>> local reference time
>>> leap bits
>>> etc.
>> Yes. Those are all client-part statistics that could easily be made
>> available to a server-part for dishing out to anyone interested in
>> evaluating the status and quality indicators of your server. ...
> These things are needed for the core protocol.  You cannot act as a
> valid server to even the most primitive of valid clients without them.
> They are not diagnostic information for ntpq, they are needed to
> construct a valid server packet.

Not all statistics are diagnostics. Some are, as you say, core.

> Without them you don't even have a compliant SNTP server; you
> basically have an RDATE like server with sub-second resolution.

An SNTP or local clock server might have to make some of them up.
System peer? Root dispersion?

Maarten Wiltink

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