[ntp:questions] Q: No "state" variable in ntpd 4.2.6 at 1.2089-o?

David L. Mills mills at udel.edu
Fri Aug 13 14:38:31 UTC 2010


The state variable was never intended to be externally visible. It has 
changed in many ways for many reasons. The variables designed for 
external monitoring are explicitly revealed in the documentation, in 
particular the ntpq page and the Event Messages and Status Words page. 
Anything else is and will be grossly misleading.


Ulrich Windl wrote:

>in a program I wrote I used the existence of the "state" variable to
>detect a ntpd v4. To my surprise I found a server that runs NTPv4
>without a "state" variable:
>ntpq> rl
>assID=0 status=0415 leap_none, sync_uhf_clock, 1 event, event_clock_reset,
>version="ntpd 4.2.6 at 1.2089-o Mon Feb  8 15:25:35 UTC 2010 (1)",
>processor="i686", system="Linux/", leap=00, stratum=1,
>precision=-20, rootdelay=0.000, rootdisp=0.141, refid=GPS,
>reftime=d00f9725.13579120  Fri, Aug 13 2010 12:04:21.075,
>clock=d00f972d.e89a3fc1  Fri, Aug 13 2010 12:04:29.908, peer=46241,
>tc=4, mintc=3, offset=0.002, frequency=26.025, sys_jitter=0.002,
>clk_jitter=0.003, clk_wander=0.000
>Is that standard, or is it a patched version? While I might like the
>additional variables, I wonder where the old ones went to...
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