[ntp:questions] ntpq -p "when"

lmr lizvettem at gmail.com
Fri Nov 9 22:06:07 UTC 2007

What does the "when" field from the ntpq -p output means?

The man pages say its seconds since the last packet was received but
some documentation online say the it resets to 0 when is equal to the

Is it set when a sync is requested or received?
Is is possible for the "when" count to be greater that the polling
interval in case no packet was received (server is unreachable)?  --
Has anyone seen it going greater than the poll interval?

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