[ntp:questions] NTP 4.2.2p4 loopstats

David L. Mills mills at udel.edu
Sun Nov 5 18:22:22 UTC 2006


The source and interpretation of the loopstats data have not changed in 
several years. The fields in order are MJD, seconds of the day, offset 
(s), frequency (PPM), jitter (s), wander/stability (PPM) and time 
constant/poll interval (log2 s). If you are using a distribution not 
from here, anything goes.

Note the statistics from the ntpq rv command, which has for a long time 
showed stability/wander and noise. There is a technical reason for this, 
but a careful explanation would bore you to tears. Someday all this 
should be rationalized with respect to the reference documentation.


jg wrote:

> I just upgraded my old Red Hat 9 box from 4.2.0 to 4.2.2p4.  The field 
> in loopstats that formerly reported the 'jitter' value now appears to 
> report 'noise' instead.
> Is this a bug or a feature, and can someone point me to a simple 
> definition of noise?
> TIA,
> jg

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