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

David J Taylor david-taylor at blueyonder.neither-this-bit.nor-this.co.uk
Fri Mar 13 13:22:36 UTC 2009

Steve Kostecke wrote:
> On 2009-03-12, David J Taylor <david-taylor at blueyonder.co.uk> wrote:
>> I tend to use Google, which for "ntpq" brings up:
>>   http://www.cis.udel.edu/~mills/ntp/html/ntpq.html
> The documentation at that URL tracks the development version of NTP
> and may not be correct for stable releases.

Yes, I appreciate that, and understand the background.

> The authoritative documentation for stable releases of NTP is
> contianed in the ./html/ directory of that release distribution. We
> have started a searchable archive at http://doc.ntp.org/ to provide
> web access to stable release documentation.

Thanks, Steve, I've bookmarked that page.

One suggestion, if you search on "ntpq", as I did, without specifying a 
version number, it would be helpful if the most recent version were the 
first hit returned.  Sorting by time or reverse time doesn't help.


Having looked at that page, my comments about the missing reason for space 
still apply, i.e. it should include something like "this peer is 
synchronised to a source already used by this client" (although I 
appreciate that "client" is not normal NTP-speak).

Can that documentation be updated?


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