[ntp:questions] Query NTP status on windows7

Brian Inglis Brian.Inglis at SystematicSw.ab.ca
Tue Sep 20 22:18:24 UTC 2016

On 2016-09-20 04:49, sneha b wrote:

> Is there a way to find out whether the sync was successful or not.
> In vxworks we have ipsntp_query_time, is there something similar to this so
> that I can use it programmatically and return success/failure.

NTP does not sync time (except perhaps at startup), it disciplines time within
128ms limits, normally within ms to us, so it depends on the configuration and
setup of your reference clocks, servers and daemons, availability and quality
of your network connections and timing sources, and your requirements:
are offsets of a few us required, or are a few ms okay; how much variance and
error is acceptable over what period of time, or during your critical times?


$ ntpq -p -c rv
      remote           refid      st t when poll reach   delay   offset  jitter
oGPS_NMEA(0)     .GPS.            0 l    9   16  377    0.000    0.002   0.002
+............... .GPS.            1 s   11   16  376    1.179    0.206   1.977
+utcnist2.colora .NIST.           1 u   43   64  377   64.869    2.672  97.821
-montpelier.ilan .GPS.            1 u    2   64  377   71.785    9.453  86.028
-tick.ucla.edu   .GPS.            1 u   48   64  337   71.649    9.634  69.159
associd=0 status=0419 leap_none, sync_uhf_radio, 1 event, leap_armed,
precision=-20, rootdelay=0.000, rootdisp=0.372, refid=GPS,
mintc=3, offset=0.002, frequency=-5.532, sys_jitter=0.002,
clk_jitter=0.000, clk_wander=0.001, ...

poll		time between source queries (s in ntpq, log2 s in conf)
reach		whether the source responded in the last 8 polls (bits in octal)
delay		time between sending query and receiving response (ms in ntpq)
offset		source time + delay/2 - system time (ms in ntpq)
jitter		variation in offset (ms in ntpq)
precision	time to read the system clock (log2 s)
drift		system clock estimated *frequency* drift (PPM, us/s)
wander		variation in frequency drift (PPM, us/s)
disp		dispersion - offset maximum error

Take care. Thanks, Brian Inglis, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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