[ntp:questions] Bug 2314, Clock jitter reads zero in the loopstats file

David J Taylor david-taylor at blueyonder.co.uk
Thu Jan 10 07:02:54 UTC 2013

I checked my home FreeBSD 8.2 NTP server for the clk_jitter reads zero bug, 
and yes, I see it too when using PPS kernel discipline.

server flag3 1


So, I need to understand what "Controls the kernel PPS discipline" means and 
what the differences in code are between disabled, (default), and enabled 
are.  I also need to understand the importance of the clock jitter 
statistic; I notice that system jitter is still reported with kernel PPS 
discipline enabled.  If system jitter is less --yet to be determined--with 
kernel PPS discipline enabled, wouldn't that imply that kernel PPS would be 
prefered, regardless of reported clock jitter?  Again, I have been mostly 
concerned with the clock offset and the stability of the frequency.  I need 
to understand the importance and differences in both clock jitter and system 


More later, but could you please add your comments to bug 2314.


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