[ntp:questions] NTP internal server?

Danny Mayer mayer at ntp.isc.org
Tue Oct 31 04:10:42 UTC 2006

Richard B. Gilbert wrote:
> Harlan Stenn wrote:
>>>>> In article <Ff6dnbcEnanJztvYnZ2dnUVZ_vadnZ2d at comcast.com>, "Richard B. Gilbert" <rgilbert88 at comcast.net> writes:
>> Richard>  Clearly
>> Richard> most vendors do not do this!  In the case of OpenVMS it is
>> Richard> understandable since the reference implementation contains enough
>> Richard> "Unixisms" that it will not build on VMS (I've tried).
>> While I do not know the particulars of OpenVMS, thre was code to support the
>> building of ntp on VMS (perhaps OpenVMS) and nobody has sent in updated
>> patches for a long time.
>> If nobody intends to submit patches I would be happy to remove any old
>> fragments from the codebase.
>> H
> VMS Engineering did a port of 3-93 or 3-95 years ago and I don't think 
> anyone has done anything since.  I was unable to build a 4.x 
> distribution on VMS using the POSIX shell; the scripts didn't work. 
> Compiling things by hand didn't work either.  I don't recall the details 
> but there were calls to functions not part of the NTP distribution nor 
> part of the Standard C Run Time Library.
> If you like, I can crank up the system, try it again and tell you where 
> it barfed.  I suspect though, that you have better things to do than 
> assist in a port to a niche O/S like VMS.

It would me something to me, but unless there's a demand for it, I'd
rather not take the time. I love VMS and still miss it, but it's not
worth the effort without getting paid to do it. As I mentioned before
OpenVMS has done a port of the 4.x code but I don't know where it stands.


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