[ntp:questions] Re: GettingStarted -- Introduction

josian josian99 at terra.es
Tue Oct 7 22:49:31 UTC 2003

I think that you did a good job for newbies like me and the documentation
its vesy easy to underestand and clear.
I encorage you to keep going deeper explaining the protocol with your ouwn
words for newbies like me.
I'm a student and i would like to make a ntp program but all the
ducumentation I found is not easy to underestand and too much complex for
what i want.
If somebody has some "easy" documentation for a newbie programer i would be
greatfull to receive it.

Good Job.

"Dale Worley" <worley at dragon.ariadne.com> wrote in message
news:877k3ht2cc.fsf at netnews.comcast.net...
> Background:
> I'm doing my editing in the Twiki GettingStarted page, and its sandbox
> page DaleWorley2, not because I'm choosing that as the Right Way to
> distribute the document, but because it is an existing collaboration
> tool and the closest equivalent of what I'm attempting to write.
> I'm attempting to keep the document format as simple as possible, so
> that we can later convert it to text, man, and/or HTML as desired
> (preferably automatically).
> I've not tackled quick.html because it's an existing distributed
> document, and I'm nowhere near the point of saying that I have a
> better version.  I believe that the new document augments the old one
> in that the old one is too terse and omits some important topics.
> (I've inserted links to quick.html at the top of the TOC and in the
> "Further resources" section.)
> Latest change:
> I've added an Introduction section.  I believe that we need an
> Introduction so that we can be sure that naive users understand the
> context of what they're attempting to do.  You can view it in the
> sandbox page (http://twiki.ntp.org/bin/view/Sandbox/DaleWorley2), or
> here:
>     Introduction
>     The internal clocks of most computers are rather inaccurate. You can
>     correct the clock by hand on occasion, or you can use NTP to regulate
>     your clock to be much more accurate.
>     NTP stands for "Network Time Protocol". It is a way for computers to
>     exchange information about the exact time, so that they can regulate
>     their clocks.
>     NTP also stands for a particular daemon (continuously running program)
>     that uses the Network Time Protocol to determine the correct time and
>     regulate your computer's clock to show the correct time. The NTP
>     daemon software can be obtained from http://www.ntp.org. It runs on
>     Unix and Windows/NT systems. (There are other programs that use the
>     Network Time Protocol for setting your computer's clock as well -- see
>     "Further resources" for information.)
>     NTP can regulate your clock using a "reference clock", a device that
>     obtains accurate time information from an outside source and delivers
>     it to your computer. More commonly, NTP can regulate your clock by
>     obtaining time information from another NTP daemon. NTP can also
>     provide time information to other NTP daemons.
>     Once you install the NTP software and start it running, you must
>     provide it with a source of time information, either a reference
>     clock, or with the addresses of other NTP daemons. This document
>     describes the critical steps of installing the software and
>     configuring NTP to obtain time from other NTP daemons.
> I welcome any comments, particularly if I've not made something clear,
> or if I've included extraneous matter.
> Oh, yeah, if you have any recommendations for good non-NTP software
> that uses NTP, please send me the reference.
> Thanks,
> Dale

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