Stratum 1 microserver HOWTO

Gary E. Miller gem at
Tue Jul 31 03:46:25 UTC 2018


On Tue, 31 Jul 2018 03:16:26 +0000 (UTC)
MIKE MAJOR via devel <devel at> wrote:

> 1. Is this mailing list the primary contact mode? I suppose so as I
> idled in the IRC room for a day and didn't see a lot of traffic
> there. 

Mailing list best for longer term things.  Not much traffix on #ntpsec,
but usually someone there to answer simple questions.

2. I got the pi booting, soldered the pin header to the HAT,
> mounted the HAT and checked if it was sending data.

Cool.  Sme not so lucky.

> After all that, I
> started reading past the hardware list in the HOWTO. I was surprised
> at the broad detail in there. I thought the HOWTO would assume a
> working pi and start somewhere at "get NTPSec s/w; here's how to
> start building it" (I found buildprep a few weeks ago).

We found a lot of people that wanted a cheap stratum 1 had not clue
how to get a RasPi to work.  Thus the completer instructions.

> Would you
> like me to verify the ddimage/dcfldd steps?

Please do.  Especialy with a fresh eye.  We dont know what newbies
don't know.

> Perhaps as a replacement
> for those steps, I would suggest having some links to Raspbian or
> ArchLinux ARM or Fedora or whatever.

Raspbian seems to be the best for newbies.  Anyone that prefers
ArchLinux, or Fedora, or whatever, knows how to get it.

> I've always thought of the linux
> world as somewhat help yourself first and then ask questions.

I like to think of that as the engineering and software worlds, but
some people that need a Stratum-1 are not of our world(s).

> Please
> don't take any of that as I'm not willing to check it out. I'm just
> trying to understand where the group is. 

Questions always welcome here.  As is patience and kindness.

Gary E. Miller Rellim 109 NW Wilmington Ave., Suite E, Bend, OR 97703
	gem at  Tel:+1 541 382 8588

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