[ntp:questions] ntp documentation

Richard B. Gilbert rgilbert88 at comcast.net
Sat Jan 5 13:22:24 UTC 2008


Unruh wrote:
> "Richard B. Gilbert" <rgilbert88 at comcast.net> writes:
> 
> 
>>Unruh wrote:
>>
>>>"Richard B. Gilbert" <rgilbert88 at comcast.net> writes:
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>>Unruh wrote:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>Where is there ntp documentation? For example I wanted to have ntp write
>>>>>out the statistics  on its peers etc. I looked everywhere-- man page of
>>>>>ntp, ntp.conf, etc, and finally discovered by looking at the source that
>>>>>there seem to be a huge bunch of undocumented options. 
>>>>>Or are they documented somewhere in that filing cabinette down some broken
>>>>>steps in a flooded basement, behind a door labeled "Beware of Tigers"
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>>You'll find the secret staircase at ntp.org.  The humidity may be a 
>>>>little high in the basement but it's not actually wet.  ;-)
>>>
>>>
>>>>This snippet from my ntp.conf might help:
>>>
>>>
>>>>logfile /var/ntp/ntp.log
>>>>statsdir /var/ntp/ntpstats/
>>>>statistics peerstats clockstats
>>>>filegen peerstats file peerstats type day enable
>>>>filegen clockstats file clockstats type day enable
>>>
>>>
>>>But where did you find those options? for example I finally did 
>>>statistics peerstats
>>>and the system set up a daily and total couple of files in /var/log/ntp (
>>>my statsdir) 
>>>What does filegen do and mean? Do I need it? I should have some docs where
>>>I can easily find that. Does it exist?
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
> 
>>filegen creates a new file daily or weekly or monthly. . . .
>>These files can eat many megabytes of disk space if you let them.  If 
>>you're not prepared to analyze and summarize all the data, do yourself a 
>>favor and skip creating the files.  The tools to do so are included in 
>>the ntpd distribution but you do have to find them, and use them and 
>>then clean up the obsolete files. . . .
> 
> 
> 
> OK, I guess daily is the default if you just use the 
> statistics peerstats
> But the key question is where in the world is the documentation for all of
> this?
> 
> 
> 

Same place as the rest of the doc.  Have you looked in the "html" 
directory??  The stuff will display in your browser if you use the 
FILE://... syntax.  The HTML is formatted so as to be almost as readable 
  as plain text if you open it in an editor.





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