[ntp:questions] Re: This is tougher than I thought?
David J Taylor
david-taylor at blueyonder.co.not-this-bit.nor-this-part.uk.invalid
Sun Jan 22 10:00:19 UTC 2006
> Thanks Richard. Well, it's clear... I'm gonna have to postpone adding
> NTP functionality for my program for now... at least for the following
> two months. This is too much to get myself into, especially
> considering that I got a pretty big amount of development to finish
> at the alarms and address book sections. And for whoever is
> interested and is a Windows user, I will launch a Beta 2 this
> Wednesday (compatible with Windows NT 5.0 or greater) and you can
> e-mail me to put you on the list. The program is pretty stable and is
> very flexible and allows tons of customization.
> Anyway, thank you all for your help, I'll be back with questions
> probably when I gather enough courage to get myself into this NTP
> thingy : ).
It's not that difficult! All you need to do is to complete a single
packet, send it to a server, and parse the value of one 64-bit returned
number. Does the programming language you are using not offer a UDP
socket / datagram you can use? Which fields of the packet are you
Here's the 64-bit time type:
// NTP uses a 32+32 bit field with whole and fractional seconds
TTimestamp = record
seconds: Longint; // in network order
fraction: Longint; // in network order
and the packet: (part of a bigger variant record in my program)
1: (flags: byte;
In my own code, I only fill in the Flags and the Originate Timestamp
fields! Simply reading the Transmit Timestamp would give you a
"reasonable" time value.
Why won't your program also work on Windows NT 4?
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