[ntp:hackers] 4.2.5p203 adds ntpq dumpcfg command

Brian Utterback brian.utterback at sun.com
Mon Aug 17 17:09:19 UTC 2009

Why can't it have a full or relative path? Is there a technical 
reason, or is it a SMP (Simple Matter of Programming)? It seems like a 
strange limitation.

Dave Hart wrote:
> As GSoC winds down, fruits of Max Kühn's efforts are available for
> brave souls as the new ntpq "dumpcfg filename" command.  This should
> dump a functional equivalent to your ntp.conf plus and ntpq :config
> runtime additions, once the kinks are worked out.
> Right now, you do not need to authenticate to use ntpq dumpcfg, though
> that will most likely change soon, putting it on level ground with
> :config.  The filename provided can not have a directory component,
> and the dump file must not already exist.  It is created in /var/tmp
> on unix, and %TEMP% on Windows (also likely to change soon, to provide
> configurability).
> Please consider upgrading some of your machines to p203 or later and
> see how it works for you.
> NOTE:  There is a known hanging bug in p203 dumpcfg which will be
> fixed in p204 if you have more than one key ID listed after
> "trustedkey" in ntp.conf, see http://bugs.ntp.org/1284.  Either apply
> the patch attached to the bug, or comment your trustedkey line with #
> and add another listing just one key id.
> It is expected that all comments are lost, as well as whitespace, and
> some directives may be slightly different but equivalent in the output
> (I'm thinking of restrict -4 default and restrict -6 default).
> Directives are dumped in a fixed order regardless of their order in
> the original ntp.conf.
> Please file bug reports at http://bugs.ntp.org (please ignore the
> certificate warning) under product "ntp" component "ntpd.conf parser"
> Thank you in advance for any timely testing you are able to provide.
> GSoC final evaluations are looming about a week away.
> Cheers,
> Dave Hart
>> NTP Development Snapshot 4.2.5p203 is now available for download.
>> Changes:
>> * Add ntpq -c dumpcfg, Google Summer of Code project of Max Kuehn
>> Tarball:
>> http://archive.ntp.org/ntp4/ntp-dev/ntp-dev-4.2.5p203.tar.gz
>> ftp://archive.ntp.org/ntp4/ntp-dev/ntp-dev-4.2.5p203.tar.gz
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