[ntp:questions] ntp documentation

Unruh unruh-spam at physics.ubc.ca
Sat Jan 5 20:23:17 UTC 2008

"Dennis Hilberg, Jr." <timekeeper at dennishilberg.com.invalid> 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?

>Those are explained on the "Monitoring Options" page, here: 

Ah. Finally. Yes, that is exactly the kind of thing I was looking for and
could not find. Thanks. Those configuration pages should all be in the
ntp.conf man page, instead of only some of them.

>You might try using the site map for the docs.  It was recently added (I 
>think) and is a lot of help. 

>Dennis Hilberg, Jr.      timekeeper(at)dennishilberg(dot)com
>NTP Server Information:  http://saturn.dennishilberg.com/ntp.php

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