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NAME

       ntp_gettime, ntp_gettimex  - get time parameters (NTP daemon interface)

SYNOPSIS

       #include <sys/timex.h>

       int ntp_gettime(struct ntptimeval *ntv);

       int ntp_gettimex(struct ntptimeval *ntv);

DESCRIPTION

       Both  of  these APIs return information to the caller via the ntv argument, a structure of
       the following type:

           struct ntptimeval {
               struct timeval time;        /* Current time */
               long int maxerror;          /* Maximum error */
               long int esterror;          /* Estimated error */
               long int tai;               /* TAI offset */

               /* Further padding bytes allowing for future expansion */
           };

       The fields of this structure are as follows:

       time   The current time, expressed as a timeval structure:

                  struct timeval {
                      time_t      tv_sec;   /* Seconds since the Epoch */
                      suseconds_t tv_usec;  /* Microseconds */
                  };

       maxerror
              Maximum error, in microseconds.  This value can be initialized  by  ntp_adjtime(3),
              and  is  increased periodically (on Linux: each second), but is clamped to an upper
              limit (the kernel constant NTP_PHASE_MAX, with a value of 16,000).

       esterror
              Estimated error, in microseconds.  This value can  be  set  via  ntp_adjtime(3)  to
              contain  an  estimate of the difference between the system clock and the true time.
              This value is not used inside the kernel.

       tai    TAI (Atomic International Time) offset.

       ntp_gettime() returns an ntptimeval structure in which the time,  maxerror,  and  esterror
       fields are filled in.

       ntp_gettimex()  performs  the  same task as ntp_gettime(), but also returns information in
       the tai field.

RETURN VALUE

       The return values for ntp_gettime() and ntp_gettimex() are as for  adjtimex(2).   Given  a
       correct pointer argument, these functions always succeed.

VERSIONS

       The  ntp_gettime()  function is available since glibc 2.1.  The ntp_gettimex() function is
       available since glibc 2.12.

ATTRIBUTES

       For an explanation of the terms used in this section, see attributes(7).

       ┌───────────────────────────────┬───────────────┬─────────┐
       │InterfaceAttributeValue   │
       ├───────────────────────────────┼───────────────┼─────────┤
       │ntp_gettime(), ntp_gettimex()  │ Thread safety │ MT-Safe │
       └───────────────────────────────┴───────────────┴─────────┘

CONFORMING TO

       ntp_gettime()  is  described  in   the   NTP   Kernel   Application   Program   Interface.
       ntp_gettimex() is a GNU extension.

SEE ALSO

       adjtimex(2) ntp_adjtime(3), time(7)

       NTP "Kernel Application Program Interface" ⟨http://www.slac.stanford.edu/comp/unix/
       package/rtems/src/ssrlApps/ntpNanoclock/api.htm⟩

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