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

Danny Mayer mayer at ntp.org
Mon Mar 16 03:19:07 UTC 2009

Joseph Gwinn wrote:

>>> 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

You aren't the only one. These questions have been asked before by a
number of people. In fact I had to look at this at one point when I was
getting these codes. Of course I just looked at the source code and
never looked for documentation.

I will tell you that this is a combination of bits so it's not just a
number. Each bit represents a test code that failed so you have quite a
bit to look at.


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