[ntp:questions] Re: What's different about these (S)NTP servers?

Harlan Stenn stenn at maccarony.ntp.org
Thu Oct 30 22:46:55 UTC 2003

The trick is that ntpdate can (and often will) poll several servers, and
the responses can be anything from "I'm not sync'd" to "I refuse to talk
to you".  There are other responses possible as well.

I believe that is why it currently just says "no suitable server found"
(or whatever).

And ntpdate is now deprecated; ntpd -q is a passable replacement.

I agree that even more informative messages would be nice, though.

In article <mailman.47.1067475343.1751.questions at ntp.org>,
gabriel rosenkoetter  <grosen at cc3.com> wrote:
>I think that it would be useful for ntpdate (and ntpd's) "no
>suitable server" messages to be a bit more verbose, especially if
>I've asked for verbose (debugging) output. Something like "server is
>not synchronized" doesn't seem like much to ask. Perhaps such a
>message is present in a more recent version of NTP?

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