[ntp:questions] NTP & PPS, part 2 ;)

Martin Burnicki martin.burnicki at meinberg.de
Tue Dec 16 13:48:09 UTC 2014

William Unruh wrote:
> On 2014-12-12, Rob <nomail at example.com> wrote:
>> Harlan Stenn <stenn at ntp.org> wrote:
>>> Rob writes:
>>>> Harlan Stenn <stenn at ntp.org> wrote:
>>>>> If you disgree and think NTP should provide the file all the time, then:
>>>>> - how do you propose we find out if the underlying API is really
>>>>> provided in the currently-running kernel?
>>>> The source of the includefile does absolutely nothing in the ways of
>>>> solving that problem!
>>> If the file isn't there we don't go looking for the API that isn't
>>> there, either.
>>> Or am I missing something?
>> The file is only used at build time.  It tells absolutely nothing
>> about the kernel configuration, certainly not in the system the binary
>> is running on.
> And since at build time, one has things called "configure" which CAN run
> tests on the build system, one could easily enable or disable it then.
> But since as we all know  ntpd tends to built on one system and used on
> myriads of other systems, the code should run tests when running, not
> when compiling, to see if the api actually works. That is the way all
> other "optional" stuff in all other packages works. After all, if there
> is no nmea gps attached to the computer, trying to use the nmea driver
> will not work.

That's exactly what I meant.


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