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NTPQ(8)                 System Manager's Manual (user)                 NTPQ(8)

NAME
     ntpq - standard NTP query program

SYNOPSIS
     ntpq [-flags] [-flag [value]] [--option-name[[=| ]value]] [ host ...]

DESCRIPTION
     The ntpq utility program is used to query NTP servers which implement the
     standard NTP mode 6 control message formats defined in Appendix B of the
     NTPv3 specification RFC1305, requesting information about current state
     and/or changes in that state.  The same formats are used in NTPv4,
     although some of the variables have changed and new ones added. The
     description on this page is for the NTPv4 variables.  The program may be
     run either in interactive mode or controlled using command line
     arguments.  Requests to read and write arbitrary variables can be
     assembled, with raw and pretty-printed output options being available.
     The ntpq utility can also obtain and print a list of peers in a common
     format by sending multiple queries to the server.  If one or more request
     options is included on the command line when ntpq is executed, each of
     the requests will be sent to the NTP servers running on each of the hosts
     given as command line arguments, or on localhost by default.  If no
     request options are given, ntpq will attempt to read commands from the
     standard input and execute these on the NTP server running on the first
     host given on the command line, again defaulting to localhost when no
     other host is specified.  The ntpq utility will prompt for commands if
     the standard input is a terminal device.  ntpq uses NTP mode 6 packets to
     communicate with the NTP server, and hence can be used to query any
     compatible server on the network which permits it.  Note that since NTP
     is a UDP protocol this communication will be somewhat unreliable,
     especially over large distances in terms of network topology.  The ntpq
     utility makes one attempt to retransmit requests, and will time requests
     out if the remote host is not heard from within a suitable timeout time.
     Specifying a command line option other than -i or -n will cause the
     specified query (queries) to be sent to the indicated host(s)
     immediately.  Otherwise, ntpq will attempt to read interactive format
     commands from the standard input.

   Internal Commands
     Interactive format commands consist of a keyword followed by zero to four
     arguments.  Only enough characters of the full keyword to uniquely
     identify the command need be typed.  A number of interactive format
     commands are executed entirely within the ntpq utility itself and do not
     result in NTP mode 6 requests being sent to a server.  These are
     described following.
           ? [command_keyword]
           help [command_keyword]
                                A `?' by itself will print a list of all the
                                command keywords known to this incarnation of
                                ntpq.  A `?' followed by a command keyword
                                will print function and usage information
                                about the command.  This command is probably a
                                better source of information about ntpq than
                                this manual page.
           addvars variable_name [=value] ...
           rmvars variable_name ...
           clearvars            The data carried by NTP mode 6 messages
                                consists of a list of items of the form
                                `variable_name=value', where the `=value' is
                                ignored, and can be omitted, in requests to
                                the server to read variables.  The ntpq
                                utility maintains an internal list in which
                                data to be included in control messages can be
                                assembled, and sent using the readlist and
                                writelist commands described below.  The
                                addvars command allows variables and their
                                optional values to be added to the list.  If
                                more than one variable is to be added, the
                                list should be comma-separated and not contain
                                white space.  The rmvars command can be used
                                to remove individual variables from the list,
                                while the clearlist command removes all
                                variables from the list.
           authenticate [yes | no]
                                Normally ntpq does not authenticate requests
                                unless they are write requests.  The command
                                `authenticate yes' causes ntpq to send
                                authentication with all requests it makes.
                                Authenticated requests causes some servers to
                                handle requests slightly differently, and can
                                occasionally melt the CPU in fuzzballs if you
                                turn authentication on before doing a peer
                                display.  The command `authenticate' causes
                                ntpq to display whether or not ntpq is
                                currently autheinticating requests.
           cooked               Causes output from query commands to be
                                "cooked", so that variables which are
                                recognized by ntpq will have their values
                                reformatted for human consumption.  Variables
                                which ntpq thinks should have a decodable
                                value but didn't are marked with a trailing
                                `?'.
           debug [more | less | off]
                                With no argument, displays the current debug
                                level.  Otherwise, the debug level is changed
                                to the indicated level.
           delay milliseconds   Specify a time interval to be added to
                                timestamps included in requests which require
                                authentication.  This is used to enable
                                (unreliable) server reconfiguration over long
                                delay network paths or between machines whose
                                clocks are unsynchronized.  Actually the
                                server does not now require timestamps in
                                authenticated requests, so this command may be
                                obsolete.
           host hostname        Set the host to which future queries will be
                                sent.  hostname may be either a host name or a
                                numeric address.
           hostnames [yes | no]
                                If yes is specified, host names are printed in
                                information displays.  If no is specified,
                                numeric addresses are printed instead.  The
                                default is yes, unless modified using the
                                command line -n switch.
           keyid keyid          This command allows the specification of a key
                                number to be used to authenticate
                                configuration requests.  This must correspond
                                to a key number the server has been configured
                                to use for this purpose.
           ntpversion [1 | 2 | 3 | 4]
                                Sets the NTP version number which ntpq claims
                                in packets.  Defaults to 3, and note that mode
                                6 control messages (and modes, for that
                                matter) didn't exist in NTP version 1.  There
                                appear to be no servers left which demand
                                version 1.  With no argument, displays the
                                current NTP version that will be used when
                                communicating with servers.
           quit                 Exit ntpq
           passwd               This command prompts you to type in a password
                                (which will not be echoed) which will be used
                                to authenticate configuration requests.  The
                                password must correspond to the key configured
                                for use by the NTP server for this purpose if
                                such requests are to be successful.
           raw                  Causes all output from query commands is
                                printed as received from the remote server.
                                The only formating/interpretation done on the
                                data is to transform nonascii data into a
                                printable (but barely understandable) form.
           timeout milliseconds
                                Specify a timeout period for responses to
                                server queries.  The default is about 5000
                                milliseconds.  Note that since ntpq retries
                                each query once after a timeout, the total
                                waiting time for a timeout will be twice the
                                timeout value set.

OPTIONS
     -4, --ipv4
             Force IPv4 DNS name resolution.  This option must not appear in
             combination with any of the following options: ipv6.

             Force DNS resolution of following host names on the command line
             to the IPv4 namespace.

     -6, --ipv6
             Force IPv6 DNS name resolution.  This option must not appear in
             combination with any of the following options: ipv4.

             Force DNS resolution of following host names on the command line
             to the IPv6 namespace.

     -c cmd, --command=cmd
             run a command and exit.  This option may appear an unlimited
             number of times.

             The following argument is interpreted as an interactive format
             command and is added to the list of commands to be executed on
             the specified host(s).

     -d, --debug-level
             Increase debug verbosity level.  This option may appear an
             unlimited number of times.


     -D number, --set-debug-level=number
             Set the debug verbosity level.  This option may appear an
             unlimited number of times.  This option takes an integer number
             as its argument.


     -p, --peers
             Print a list of the peers.  This option must not appear in
             combination with any of the following options: interactive.

             Print a list of the peers known to the server as well as a
             summary of their state. This is equivalent to the 'peers'
             interactive command.

     -i, --interactive
             Force ntpq to operate in interactive mode.  This option must not
             appear in combination with any of the following options: command,
             peers.

             Force ntpq to operate in interactive mode.  Prompts will be
             written to the standard output and commands read from the
             standard input.

     -n, --numeric
             numeric host addresses.

             Output all host addresses in dotted-quad numeric format rather
             than converting to the canonical host names.

     --old-rv
             Always output status line with readvar.

             By default, ntpq now suppresses the associd=... line that
             precedes the output of readvar (alias rv) when a single variable
             is requested, such as ntpq -c "rv 0 offset".  This option causes
             ntpq to include both lines of output for a single-variable
             readvar.  Using an environment variable to preset this option in
             a script will enable both older and newer ntpq to behave
             identically in this regard.

     -?, --help
             Display usage information and exit.

     -!, --more-help
             Pass the extended usage information through a pager.

     -> [cfgfile], --save-opts [=cfgfile]
             Save the option state to cfgfile.  The default is the last
             configuration file listed in the OPTION PRESETS section, below.
             The command will exit after updating the config file.

     -< cfgfile, --load-opts=cfgfile, --no-load-opts
             Load options from cfgfile.  The no-load-opts form will disable
             the loading of earlier config/rc/ini files.  --no-load-opts is
             handled early, out of order.

     --version [{v|c|n}]
             Output version of program and exit.  The default mode is `v', a
             simple version.  The `c' mode will print copyright information
             and `n' will print the full copyright notice.

OPTION PRESETS
     Any option that is not marked as not presettable may be preset by loading
     values from configuration ("RC" or ".INI") file(s) and values from
     environment variables named:
       NTPQ_<option-name> or NTPQ The environmental presets take precedence
     (are processed later than) the configuration files.  The homerc files are
     "$HOME", and ".".  If any of these are directories, then the file .ntprc
     is searched for within those directories.
     cvt_prog='/usr/local/gnu/share/autogen/texi2mdoc' cvt_prog=`cd `dirname
     "$cvt_prog"` >/dev/null && pwd
              `/`basename "$cvt_prog"` cd $tmp_dir test -x "$cvt_prog" || die
     "'$cvt_prog' is not executable" {
         list='synopsis description options option-presets'
         for f in $list ; do cat $f ; echo ; done
         rm -f $list name
         list='implementation-notes environment files examples exit-status
     errors
             compatibility see-also conforming-to history authors copyright
     bugs
             notes'
         for f in $list ; do cat $f ; echo ; done > .end-doc
         rm -f $list
         list=`ls -1 *`' .end-doc'
         for f in $list ; do cat $f ; echo ; done
         rm -f $list } 1>.doc 2>/dev/null sed -f .cmds .doc |
     /usr/local/gnu/bin/grep -E -v '^[  ]*$' | $cvt_prog

ENVIRONMENT
     See OPTION PRESETS for configuration environment variables.

FILES
     See OPTION PRESETS for configuration files.

EXIT STATUS
     One of the following exit values will be returned:

     0  (EXIT_SUCCESS)
             Successful program execution.

     1  (EXIT_FAILURE)
             The operation failed or the command syntax was not valid.

     66  (EX_NOINPUT)
             A specified configuration file could not be loaded.

     70  (EX_SOFTWARE)
             libopts had an internal operational error.  Please report it to
             autogen-users@lists.sourceforge.net.  Thank you.

AUTHORS
     The University of Delaware

COPYRIGHT
     Copyright (C) 1970-2013 The University of Delaware all rights reserved.
     This program is released under the terms of the NTP license,
     <http://ntp.org/license>.

BUGS
     Please send bug reports to: http://bugs.ntp.org, bugs@ntp.org

NOTES
     This manual page was AutoGen-erated from the ntpq option definitions.

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