[ntp:questions] enable pps not working from ntp.conf

Brian Inglis Brian.Inglis at SystematicSw.ab.ca
Wed Jan 8 05:04:41 UTC 2014

On 2014-01-07 09:55, Dennis Golden wrote:
> I have searched to find an answer to this problem with no success. I am
> using the oncore clock ( and have included "enable pps" in
> ntp.conf, but I get the following in /var/log messages:
> line 59 column 8 syntax error, unexpected T_String
> syntax error in /etc/ntp.conf line 59, column 8
> I can use ntpdc to set this option with no problem.
> Any ideas?

enable pps is documented in the miscopt.html command summary lines:

enable [ auth | bclient | calibrate | kernel | monitor | ntp | pps | stats]
disable [ auth | bclient | calibrate | kernel | monitor | ntp | pps | stats ]

but not in the detailed option descriptions below, nor in ntpd/ntp_keyword.h,
for current stable and dev versions, hence the obscure bison/yacc error message.

enable pps is documented for 4.2.4 at
but is gone in 4.2.6 at
so it looks like it was dropped in the initial 4.2.6 release, but the command
summary lines still need cleaned up in miscopt.html docs for 4.2.6+.

Take care. Thanks, Brian Inglis

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