[ntp:questions] get current drift value

Terje Mathisen "terje.mathisen at tmsw.no" at ntp.org
Tue Mar 1 20:28:07 UTC 2011

April wrote:
> is there a way to get the current drift value, using ntp utilities
> such as ntpq and ntpdc, instead of opening the ntp.drift file?

ntpq -c rv

This command returns a lot of info:

C:\>ntpq -c rv
associd=0 status=0618 leap_none, sync_ntp, 1 event, no_sys_peer,
version="ntpd 4.2.7p132 at 1.2478-o Feb 23 13:55:41 (UTC+01:00) 2011  (1)",
processor="x86", system="Windows", leap=00, stratum=2, precision=-19,
rootdelay=0.952, rootdisp=24.321, refid=,
reftime=d117d2f5.dc257ff4  Tue, Mar  1 2011 21:17:57.859,
clock=d117d4ee.e17a6898  Tue, Mar  1 2011 21:26:22.880, peer=58961, tc=6,
mintc=3, offset=-6.749, frequency=5.941, sys_jitter=59.553,
clk_jitter=8.906, clk_wander=0.153, ctr_frequency=-5.13

Near the end you'll notice 'frequency=5.941' which is the current drift 


- <Terje.Mathisen at tmsw.no>
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