Python ntpq

Eric S. Raymond esr at
Sun Nov 27 00:53:17 UTC 2016

Hal Murray <hmurray at>:
> > No can do.  You're going to have to live with using the --wide option.
> I think you should pay more attention to user feedback, especially
> when changing existing behavior.

We have this problem exactly *because* I paid attention to user feedback.
>From Phil Salkie. He requested the stretchy display.

> I think a sensible upper limit would be a reasonable approach.  It's
> at least worth a try.  Or a build time option to enable/disable the
> auto-wide mode.

Ugh.  Not going to do the second, it woulld be a classic case of lazily
substituting an option for figuring out what the right thing is.

OTOH, I think "sensible upper limit" is reasonable to try.  What would
you propose?  Is there any way to gather statistics on the length
distribution of hostmes, so we can set a threshold that handles 95%
of cases?
		<a href="">Eric S. Raymond</a>

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