Bug 8237 - timedc clockdiff <host> doesn't work
timedc clockdiff <host> doesn't work
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: timed (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Preston Brown
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Reported: 2000-01-06 13:33 EST by Andreas J. Bathe
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-09-25 14:27:03 EDT
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Description Andreas J. Bathe 2000-01-06 13:33:22 EST
When fiddling with xntp and checking that hosts have the same time
I discovered that there is a bug in the timedc program. You can't
get a reasonable value when executing "timedc clockdiff <host>".
This was checked with version 5.2 till 6.1 where the bug exists.

I compiled the FreeBSD counterpart on RH 6.1 and this check runs as
expected (clockdiff functions).
Comment 1 Derek Tattersall 2000-08-13 15:47:14 EDT
Using timed-0.17-1.1 from RC1 clockdiff <host> with a two station network, one
being the master and one the slave only replies with <host> is down.  However
turning trace on shows that the time demon is running on both machines and the
log shows that the master and the slave recognize each other.
Comment 2 William Greathouse 2000-09-25 14:27:01 EDT
The following patch will correct the problem.  The corrected bug could also
cause a race condition when a Linux server was elected master server.  This race
condition could have catastophic effects on system operation as the systems
continually adjust their time.  I have had the system time advance by 5 years
within a ten minute interval.  The actual time is being extracted from the wrong
point in the message by the measure() function in timed/lib/measure.c.

-------- cut-here: netkit-timed-0.16.patch ----------------
diff -rc netkit-timed-0.16-orig/timed/lib/measure.c
*** netkit-timed-0.16-orig/timed/lib/measure.c  Mon May 19 05:41:37 1997
--- netkit-timed-0.16/timed/lib/measure.c   Sun Sep 24 13:50:41 2000
*** 234,240 ****
--- 234,244 ----

            /* Reset this because icp just changed... */
+ #ifndef icmp_data
            icp_time = (time_t *)(icp + 1);
+ #else
+           icp_time = (time_t *)icp->icmp_data;
+ #endif

            sendtime = ntohl(icp_time[0]);
            recvtime = ((tcur.tv_sec % SECDAY) * 1000 +
-------- end cut -----------------

Apply from within netkit-timed-0.16 directory using 
"patch -p1 < netkit-timed-0.16-patch"

Comment 3 Preston Brown 2001-02-01 13:11:08 EST
we are obsoleting timed in our next release; many aspects of the protocol are
broken compared to ntp, and we are advocating users to use that solution

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