ntpmon now has some keystroke commands

Sanjeev Gupta ghane0 at gmail.com
Wed Dec 14 16:36:46 UTC 2016

On Wed, Dec 14, 2016 at 8:20 AM, Eric S. Raymond <esr at thyrsus.com> wrote:

> Instead of trying to make ntpmon do things ntpq does well already,
> you should be asking yourself what a TUI program like ntpmon can do
> well that a CLI program like ntpq cannot.

For a newbie like me, a TUI (or a GUI) is an easy way to check if I have
setup my system reasonably correctly.

The way I got into all this for the first time ever was a patch to gpsd.php
to fix a map that showed where I was (I knew where I was, I just wanted the
map that had bit-rot to show it).

I think of ntpmon like the Linux 'top' utility.  It shows, at a snapshot
that might miss something interesting, what the system state is.  It does
not really help me with performance tuning, but it tells me that there
_isn't_ a performance issue in the system, as a whole.

Unfortunately, I am unable to play with this new toy, as all my servers
that run NTPsec are in the pool, and ntpmon just goes to sleep on them (see
issue #206).
Sanjeev Gupta
+65 98551208     http://www.linkedin.com/in/ghane
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