[ntp:questions] Re: NT binaries for ntp-4.2.0

Harlan Stenn stenn at maccarony.ntp.org
Fri Oct 31 06:18:51 UTC 2003

In article <3F9756D9.D76B8715 at udel.edu>, David L. Mills <mills at udel.edu> wrote:
>The issue is recovering old documentation about old software versions,

I'm more interested in making the documentation for as many versions of
NTP easily available.

>However bad that documentation may be, we don't get to change it

Actually, we can allow it.  I'm not saying Dave Mills would change it,
but if there is a typo or any other error, we certainly have the *ability*
to allow it to be fixed.

I expect that the onlyh places this "fixed" documentation would be visible
would be the ntp documentation website.

>If I take your point seriously, modern shrinkware groupies will
>find no reason to extract that old stuff anyway, so why are we debating

The reason to make the documentation for older versions of NTP available
is to make it as easy as possible for people to look up information they

>You misunderstand the purpose of the documentation from here. It is
>intended for reference, record and archive purposes and is probably too
>abstract for shrinkware groupies. I describe how the dang things works
>in engineering terms, reveal the options and features and the principles
>behind the design. If I didn't do that, who else would? There are other
>projects, such as the faq and twitchy designed to bring comfort from
>this babble and I cheer that.

Yes, and I (and everybody else, I expect) applaud your efforts to maintain
the technical documentation.

I want to make it easy for people (mostly sysadmins) to be able to easily
find the information they need to support their systems.  There are a large
number of reasons why they may be unable to upgrade to the latest software,
and there are also a number of reasons why they may not have the
documentation that came with their installation handy.


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