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

Joseph Gwinn joegwinn at comcast.net
Tue Mar 17 02:15:34 UTC 2009

In article <ywn9tz5tflz6.fsf at ntp1.isc.org>,
 Harlan Stenn <stenn at ntp.org> wrote:

> >>> In article <joegwinn-6FD03A.17481615032009 at news.giganews.com>, Joseph 
> >>> Gwinn <joegwinn at comcast.net> writes:
> >>  I think you are talking about one of my pet peeves:
> >> 
> >> http://support.ntp.org/bin/view/Dev/NtpVariablesAndNtpq
> Joseph> I don't think that I have inconsistent versions of ntpd and ntpq,
> Joseph> because both came off the same CD from Sun Microsystems.
> It's still the same beast.  The bottom line is we currently have opaque data
> being presented to the user, and that is either being offered directly to
> the user (in your case) or is being potentially mis-converted by ntpq.

I have a lot of trouble believing that Sun put inconsistent versions on 
their Solaris install CDs.

Nor am I using NTPQ for decoding.  I decode these codes myself, 
following Appendix B of RFC-1305.  It turns out that NTPv4 uses the same 
definitions.  See 


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