[ntp:questions] Venting steam: Autokey in 4.2.6/4.2.7

Dave Hart hart at ntp.org
Tue Mar 29 02:15:09 UTC 2011

On Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 12:53 AM, David L. Mills <mills at udel.edu> wrote:

> I sent you a message requesting to test this before deployment.
I was referring to docs galore as I thrashed about earlier.  I don't doubt
each of your changes was an improvement, but each one also made Steve's
4.2.4 step-by-step guide less useful.  I was looking at:

http://bugs.ntp.org/1864 <https://bugs.ntp.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1864>

BTW keygen.html mentions a "-l days" option which ntp-keygen doesn't
understand, do you want me to fix the options processing so it does?  Or get
rid of that item from the docs?

I'm not the dimmest bulb on the block, but when I was interested in
reproducing the crash reported in bug 1864 and 1840, I didn't manage to.
 And I spent several hours trying.  The crash may be a bug I introduced in
ntp_config "generic FIFO" code that replaced the degenerate use of priority
queues as FIFOs in Sachim's original ntp.conf parser rewrite.  I was focused
on getting past the configuration issues to debug the configuration code,
not on setting up a working Autokey.

That said, Steve has kindly dove in head first and is extracting me from my
confusion one step at a time.  I never forgot that you wanted me to test
pool + autokey operation, I just feared and loathed the idea of setting up
autokey again from scratch and have had other things to keep me busy.  I'm
optimistic Steve will be able to help me get a working setup to test pool +
autokey and also to see if ntp_crypto.c:2984 really is unneeded.

Dave Hart

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