[ntp:questions] Solaris 8 xntpd vs ntpd?

Richard B. Gilbert rgilbert88 at comcast.net
Mon Jul 27 23:01:56 UTC 2009

Lockon wrote:
> Hi, I would appreciate if someone could tell me the reason to use the
> freeware ntpd rather than xntpd that is built into Solaris 8.  I have
> searched but I can find no compelling argument.
> Thank you in advance.
> Sunil Gupta

The version of xntpd distributed with Solaris 8 is eight to ten years 
old now!

A lot of work has been done on ntpd (the "x" is no longer used). 
Features have been added, bugs have been fixed, etc.  The current 
version of ntpd is V4.x.  I don't know what x=.

A committee is writing a new RFC to document NTPD V4.  If memory serves 
me, it has been at least 18 months now.  Perhaps in four or five years 
they will finish a draft that they call all agree on.  I am not going to 
hold my breath!

The version distributed with Solaris 8 is old but still works.  A new 
version MIGHT work better.  You can download the current version from 
the website: http://www.ntp.org

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