[ntp:questions] What exactly does "Maximum Distance Exceded" mean?

Joseph Gwinn joegwinn at comcast.net
Mon Mar 16 02:30:06 UTC 2009


In article <qo6dnZLJDv8z4CDUnZ2dnUVZ_hWWnZ2d at giganews.com>,
 "Richard B. Gilbert" <rgilbert88 at comcast.net> wrote:

> Joseph Gwinn wrote:
> > In article <nbWdnVXq_P-Y_iDUnZ2dnUVZ_tHinZ2d at giganews.com>,
> >  "Richard B. Gilbert" <rgilbert88 at comcast.net> wrote:
> > 
> >> Joseph Gwinn wrote:
> >>> In article <49BD3907.1080302 at ntp.org>, mayer at ntp.org (Danny Mayer) 
> >>> wrote:
> >>>
> > [snip]
> >>> 3.  The original question was how to interpret a specific status code, 
> >>> 9514.  I read the explanation in the documentation, but became no wiser 
> >>> for it.  Thus my question.  
> >>>
> >>> If there isn't a NTP FAQ entry on this, there probably should be.  Our 
> >>> sysadmins were flummoxed by the cloud of 5914 codes, and they are far 
> >>> too busy to undertake a research project.  (The deeper problem is that 
> >>> some managers believe that NTP is plug and play, which isn't quite true.)
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> The various answers and questions I've gotten have been quite useful, as 
> >>> they give me a list of things to think about and investigate, things I 
> >>> might not have thought of, or soon thought of.
> >>>
> >>> Joe Gwinn
> >> Joe,
> >>
> >> You need to proofread your message text a little more carefully!!
> >>
> >> Which error are you ACTUALLY getting?  You say 9514 and then 5914! 
> >> Which is it?
> > 
> > You're right, but it wouldn't help, for an odd reason.
> > 
> > The status code is 9514.
> > 
> > But I have a Clausing 5914 lathe.
> > 
> > Inherent dyslexia inducer.
> > 
> > 
> >> Also, you might try Google with the FULL and EXACT text of the error 
> >> message!
> > 
> > It's "9514", pulled from a field in peerstats records.  Think I'll get 
> > many false hits?  Qualifying 9514 with peerstats brought me back to this 
> > thread.
> > 
> > So, tried "Maximum Distance Exceded", got led back to this exact news 
> > thread.
> > 
> > But let's say I did find some relevant hits.  This is the Internet.  How 
> > would I know which hits to believe?
> > 
> 
> I would be influenced by who wrote it and who disagreed with him!

But what if I listen to the loudest one?


> > The FAQ has to be the place for such explanations.
> 
> I'm not sure if this qualifies as an FAQ as I don't recall that it has 
> come up before.  FAQ stands for Frequently Asked Questions.

RAQ then?  Rarely Asked Questions

Seriously, I can't believe that I'm the only person in history to be 
perplexed by these status codes, and those little three-word summaries 
are a bit telegraphic.

Joe Gwinn




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