[ntp:questions] "ntpd -q" is slow compared to ntpdate

Mohit Aron extproxy at gmail.com
Sat Oct 18 18:15:58 UTC 2008

> ntpdate is broken, and has been for a very long time.
>  http://support.ntp.org/bin/view/Dev/DeprecatingNtpdate

Can someone tell us what in ntpdate is broken. And since 'ntpdate <server>'
seems to do exactly the same thing as 'sntp -r <server>', why is the latter
not broken ?

I'm sure there are tons of configurations out there that use ntpdate. Rather
than deprecating it and making people replace it with 'sntp -r <server>', it
might be better to just fix what's broken in ntpdate. Another option is to
make 'ntpdate' a hardlink or symbolic link to 'sntp' and the latter can
mimic 'ntpdate' behavior when it realizes it is being called with the name

- Mohit

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