Arcron clock driver in NTP

Mark Atwood fallenpegasus at
Thu Jun 16 21:56:42 UTC 2016

all good, thank you Eric

On Thu, Jun 16, 2016, 2:51 PM Eric S. Raymond <esr at> wrote:

> Mark Atwood <fallenpegasus at>:
> > esr: kill it
> It's gone.  And we are indeed at 59% removals now.
> Note that I junked two other drivers recently - Conrad PCF and Spectracom
> TSYNC PCI.  I didn't query you about them because that was within written
> policy and I really should have caught them during the big sweep last year.
> What I missed was driver dependencies.  The TSYNC PCI is *nasty* from
> a security standpoint; it requires a proprietary in-kernel driver. Policy
> from before you were running things is that's a crash landing and I didn't
> even form the thought that you might want to change that.
> The Conrad PCF needs a third-party kernel driver that's open-source,
> but no longer exists for Linux - it's somebody's dorm-room hack that fell
> off the net.  It might (might) atill exist in some BSDs.  But the hardware
> also requires a *parallel port*.  Been a lot of years since I've heard
> of one of those being in use anywhere, and they sure ain't going to be in
> modern data centers.  *PLONK*
> --
>                 <a href="">Eric S. Raymond</a>
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