[ntp:questions] offset with ntpdate and ntpq ?

David Woolley david at ex.djwhome.demon.co.uk.invalid
Sun Aug 31 20:56:33 UTC 2008

Stavros Milos wrote:

> I would like to "read" a time of each remote NTP server and compare it 
> to my local referential timeserver, just to examine if offset of each 
> remote NTP server is not too high. So, the purpose is not to synchronize 
> time to remote NTP servers, but to trace their time to keep a rule:
>   "remopte NTP server time" - "my referential NTP server time"  <  0.5s

"Offset" doesn't really give you this information.  If the ntpd design 
is valid, "offset" is either a measure of the network performance, or 
that ntpd has not been running long enough to work out which part of the 
offset is a true clock error and which part measurement variation.  If 
you know of a way of telling the difference between a true error and 
measurement uncertainty, before ntpd is able to do so, you need to 
submit your algorithm to the NTP community.

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