[ntp:questions] NTP Support (Was 'What does "Max Distance Exceeded"...')

Unruh unruh-spam at physics.ubc.ca
Tue Mar 17 07:08:43 UTC 2009

mayer at ntp.org (Danny Mayer) writes:

>Unruh wrote:
>> "Richard B. Gilbert" <rgilbert88 at comcast.net> writes:
>>> David Woolley wrote:
>>>> Joseph Gwinn wrote:
>>>>> We have moved from the meaning of status code 9514 to the more general 
>>>> But you should have kept the thread, even if the subject changed.
>>>>> issue of how NTP shall be supported, so I've collected the relevant 
>>>>> threads below.
>>>>> More generally, it's hopeless to expect the world's sysadmins to read 
>>>>> NTP code (or any other kind of code).  They just don't have the time, 
>>>> Generally, you only need to read a small bit of code to answer this sort 
>>>> of question, but if you haven't got the time you should pay someone who 
>>>> does have the time.
>>> The ntpd distribution is about 70,000 lines of code!  Expecting people 
>>> to be able to find their way around is not realistic!  Before the user 
>>> can read that "small bit of code", he has to FIND it.  He has to find it 
>>> in 70,000 lines of code.  Since the number "9514" may never appear 
>>> anywhere in the code since it's a "bit mapped" value, what is the reader 
>>> supposed to look for?
>> Well, while that is true, grep can be your friend. Thus especially in an
>> output messages, grepping for that message will often send you to the right
>> place in that 70000 lines of code. 

>It's of little use for situations like this. I will look for a
>particular string but bitcodes are not something you will find.

Agreed, but those bitcodes came surounded by other text. I am sure that you
did not simply get 9514 printed out all on its own.

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