[ntp:questions] Re: Reading time offset from ntp variables using ntpq

David L. Mills mills at udel.edu
Thu Feb 16 12:45:39 UTC 2006


I don't see any productive process in responding to your message other 
than to suggest you read the available documentation. The four 
timestamps are developed at very specific events in the protocol 
operations and you have to interpret the time and other data with 
respect to the operations involved. If this is "unfair", that indeed is 
the case. If the issue is about actual accuracy versus the clock 
discipline algorithm, I have no definitive advise other than to study 
the design in the available documentation.


Daniel Kabs wrote:

> Hello David!
>  > As to which timestamp is "correct" you will need to read the
>  > architecture briefing on the NTP project page.
> That's not fair. I just wanted to use NTP as a tool to measure the time 
> drift of my system clock and now you pull the dreaded "read the 
> architecture briefing" weapon on me. What have I done to you to deserve 
> this? :-)
>  > While at it, understand
>  > the raw offset measurement does not reflect the actual clock offset,
>  > as the latter is determined by the clock discipline algorithm
>  > described in  the briefings on the project page. [...]
> You are talking about "clock discipline". That's confusing me as I am 
> running ntpd using option "disable ntp" which (according to your 
> implementation documentation) should disable time and frequency discipline.
> Cheers
> Daniel

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