[ntp:questions] Significance of "space" in the ntpq -p display

Maarten Wiltink maarten at kittensandcats.net
Thu Mar 12 08:55:29 UTC 2009

"David J Taylor" <david-taylor at blueyonder.neither-this-bit.nor-this.co.uk>
wrote in message news:CpTtl.5723$Lc7.1927 at text.news.virginmedia.com...

> Folks,
> I'm seeing an ntpq -p display like:
> *  server-A  377
>    server-B  377
>    server-C  377
> i.e. server B and C have a space rather than any other character.
> Those servers are fine, but they are both actually syncing from
> server A.  Space appears to be defined as:
> "The peer is discarded as unreachable, synchronized to this server
> (synch loop) or outrageous synchronization distance."
> Should:  "synchronized to this server's source" also be in that list?

Probably not. I have two NTP servers, one using the other as its
sole source, and none of my clients reject it for that. I am using
rather old NTP versions, though; behaviour may have changed.

Maarten Wiltink

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