[ntp:questions] Request to test patch for ntpd

Martin Burnicki martin.burnicki at meinberg.de
Wed Jan 28 17:30:45 UTC 2015

Hi all,

several months ago I have opened NTP bug #2592
"Leap second warning from refclock lost, and time offsets may not be 
accepted if refclock driver uses PPS"

By intensive testing with the current NTP tarball 4.2.8p1-RC1

we have found out that a leap second status from a refclock is still not 
picked up in 4.2.8, and even worse, that initial synchronization may not 
work if the initial time offset is in a certain range. See the bug 
report for details.

As far as we have seen there's a simple fix for this. Anyway, I'd like 
to ask if folks who are using refclocks with PPS support could test the 
patch to make sure it doesn't break something else.

To do so, you can just download the tarball mentioned above, then change 
into the base directory and extract this tarball there:

This just overwrite ntpd/ntp_proto.c with a version containing the patch 
mentioned in the bug report.

We have already run the following tests successfully:

- parse driver (driver 8) with built-in PPS enabled
- parse driver 8 without built-in PPS, but ATOM in addition
- network peer marked as "prefer", and ATOM in addition

It would be great if some folks who use a refclock with PPS run this 
test and see if everything still works as before, or even better. ;-)

Martin Burnicki

Meinberg Funkuhren
Bad Pyrmont

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