[ntp:questions] Extracting ntpq like information programmatically

Richard B. Gilbert rgilbert88 at comcast.net
Sat Mar 30 02:42:22 UTC 2013

On 3/29/2013 3:27 PM, Claudio Carbone wrote:
> On 29/03/13 19:26, Brian Utterback wrote:
>> As unruh said, if there was a way to improve the accuracy of the
>> measurement over the network like that, NTP would already be doing it.
> If so why doesn't the offset oscillate?
> If NTP were a real compensation system, it should oscillate around the
> setpoint.
> Instead I noticed a nearly static offset, at least during the 15 minutes
> observation time.
> Claudio

NTP can require about ten hours to reach steady state; that means the 
best time that you are going to get.  Once NTPD reaches steady state
all you have to worry about are things like power failure or air 
conditioning failure!

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