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

Joseph Gwinn joegwinn at comcast.net
Tue Mar 17 02:25:31 UTC 2009


In article <zcSdncxJV-jN2SPUnZ2dnUVZ_gaWnZ2d at giganews.com>,
 "Richard B. Gilbert" <rgilbert88 at comcast.net> wrote:

> Joseph Gwinn wrote:
> > 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
> 
> I don't see any of the usual suspects stepping up to take 
> responsibility.  You may have to reverse engineer the code in order to 
> satisfy your curiosity.

Actually, in the earlier part of this thread, better explanations were 
given, before we drifted off into NTP support models.

Joe




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