Proposed argument changes to ntpq (fixing bug #319)

Gary E. Miller gem at
Thu Jun 8 00:01:00 UTC 2017

Yo Ian!

On Wed, 7 Jun 2017 18:31:15 -0500
Ian Bruene via devel <devel at> wrote:

> Currently ntpq has -d and -D flags which function much like the ones
> for ntpd. Except that the -d flag also sets ntpq to log to a file
> instead of stderr because, um, reasons?

Evolution is hard to understand, much less manage...

> Proposed interface change:
> -d/-D remain, but *only* affect the debug level


> Add flag -l / --log-file (alt: -f, etc) turns on logging to a file
> with the default logging filename.

-l already takes a filename option.

Just make the filename optional. So -l or -l filename

Best to respect precedent.  People hate changing their btch files and

> Add flag -L / --log-filename (alt: -F, etc) on logging to a file,
> with the user provided filename.

-L already taken:

# ntpd -?
   -L no  novirtualips   Do not listen to virtual interfaces

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