Just a Theory

By David E. Wheeler

How Do I Know Whether NTPD is Working?

Well, after figuring out how to configure NTPD, it appears to be working well: there are two processes running, and there’s a drift file. However, the drift file just has “0.000” in it, and ntpq doesn’t seem to know much:

% ntpq -p
127.0.0.1: timed out, nothing received
***Request timed out

So, how do I know if it’s working? Is it working? Shouldn’t ntpq -p be more informative?

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