[ntp:questions] Re: strange log message: ntpd[320]: process_private: INFO_ERR_FMT: test 8 failed

David L. Mills mills at udel.edu
Wed Oct 22 17:10:27 UTC 2003


This is one of about a dozen sanity checks documented on the ntpq
program manual page:

0x080 TEST8 
Either the root delay or dispersion is greater than one second, which is
highly unlikely unless the peer is unsynchronized to Mars. 

It usually means the server itself has seen no server for a couple of


Adrian 'Dagurashibanipal' von Bidder wrote:
> Hi!
> I've never seen this before:
>         ntpd[320]: process_private: INFO_ERR_FMT: test 8 failed
> ntpd didn't crash, everything seems normal. The server is unusual as it is
> one of the monitoring servers of the pool, so it has 90-odd servers
> configured.
> This was two days ago and hasn't repeated since, so I don't worry too much.
> I also didn't look in the sources.
> cheers
> -- vbi
> --

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