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NAME

       chronyc - command-line interface for chrony daemon

SYNOPSIS

       chronyc [OPTION]... [COMMAND]...

DESCRIPTION

       chronyc is a command-line interface program which can be used to monitor chronyd’s
       performance and to change various operating parameters whilst it is running.

       If no commands are specified on the command line, chronyc will expect input from the user.
       The prompt chronyc> will be displayed when it is being run from a terminal. If chronyc’s
       input or output are redirected from or to a file, the prompt is not shown.

       There are two ways chronyc can access chronyd. One is the Internet Protocol (IPv4 or IPv6)
       and the other is a Unix domain socket, which is accessible locally by the root or chrony
       user. By default, chronyc first tries to connect to the Unix domain socket. The
       compiled-in default path is /run/chrony/chronyd.sock. If that fails (e.g. because chronyc
       is running under a non-root user), it will try to connect to 127.0.0.1 and then ::1.

       Only the following monitoring commands, which do not affect the behaviour of chronyd, are
       allowed from the network: activity, manual list, rtcdata, smoothing, sources, sourcestats,
       tracking, waitsync. The set of hosts from which chronyd will accept these commands can be
       configured with the cmdallow directive in the chronyd’s configuration file or the cmdallow
       command in chronyc. By default, the commands are accepted only from localhost (127.0.0.1
       or ::1).

       All other commands are allowed only through the Unix domain socket. When sent over the
       network, chronyd will respond with a ‘Not authorised’ error, even if it is from localhost.
       In chrony versions before 2.2 they were allowed from the network if they were
       authenticated with a password, but that is no longer supported.

       Having full access to chronyd via chronyc is more or less equivalent to being able to
       modify the chronyd’s configuration file and restart it.

OPTIONS

       -4
           With this option hostnames will be resolved only to IPv4 addresses.

       -6
           With this option hostnames will be resolved only to IPv6 addresses.

       -n
           This option disables resolving of IP addresses to hostnames, e.g. to avoid slow DNS
           lookups. Long addresses will not be truncated to fit into the column.

       -c
           This option enables printing of reports in a comma-separated values (CSV) format. IP
           addresses will not be resolved to hostnames, time will be printed as number of seconds
           since the epoch and values in seconds will not be converted to other units.

       -d
           This option enables printing of debugging messages if chronyc was compiled with
           debugging support.

       -m
           Normally, all arguments on the command line are interpreted as one command. With this
           option multiple commands can be specified. Each argument will be interpreted as a
           whole command.

       -h host
           This option allows the user to specify which host (or comma-separated list of
           addresses) running the chronyd program is to be contacted. This allows for remote
           monitoring, without having to connect over SSH to the other host first.

           The default is to contact chronyd running on the same host where chronyc is being run.

       -p port
           This option allows the user to specify the UDP port number which the target chronyd is
           using for its monitoring connections. This defaults to 323; there would rarely be a
           need to change this.

       -f file
           This option is ignored and is provided only for compatibility.

       -a
           This option is ignored and is provided only for compatibility.

       -v
           With this option chronyc displays its version number on the terminal and exits.

COMMANDS

       This section describes each of the commands available within the chronyc program.

   System clock
       tracking
           The tracking command displays parameters about the system’s clock performance. An
           example of the output is shown below.

               Reference ID    : CB00710F (foo.example.net)
               Stratum         : 3
               Ref time (UTC)  : Fri Jan 27 09:49:17 2017
               System time     : 0.000006523 seconds slow of NTP time
               Last offset     : -0.000006747 seconds
               RMS offset      : 0.000035822 seconds
               Frequency       : 3.225 ppm slow
               Residual freq   : -0.000 ppm
               Skew            : 0.129 ppm
               Root delay      : 0.013639022 seconds
               Root dispersion : 0.001100737 seconds
               Update interval : 64.2 seconds
               Leap status     : Normal

           The fields are explained as follows:

           Reference ID
               This is the reference ID and name (or IP address) of the server to which the
               computer is currently synchronised. For IPv4 addresses, the reference ID is equal
               to the address and for IPv6 addresses it is the first 32 bits of the MD5 sum of
               the address.

               If the reference ID is 7F7F0101 and there is no name or IP address, it means the
               computer is not synchronised to any external source and that you have the local
               mode operating (via the local command in chronyc, or the local directive in the
               configuration file).

               The reference ID is printed as a hexadecimal number. Note that in older versions
               it used to be printed in quad-dotted notation and could be confused with an IPv4
               address.

           Stratum
               The stratum indicates how many hops away from a computer with an attached
               reference clock we are. Such a computer is a stratum-1 computer, so the computer
               in the example is two hops away (i.e. foo.example.net is a stratum-2 and is
               synchronised from a stratum-1).

           Ref time
               This is the time (UTC) at which the last measurement from the reference source was
               processed.

           System time
               In normal operation, chronyd by default never steps the system clock, because any
               jump in the time can have adverse consequences for certain application programs.
               Instead, any error in the system clock is corrected by slightly speeding up or
               slowing down the system clock until the error has been removed, and then returning
               to the system clock’s normal speed. A consequence of this is that there will be a
               period when the system clock (as read by other programs) will be different from
               chronyd’s estimate of the current true time (which it reports to NTP clients when
               it is operating in server mode). The value reported on this line is the difference
               due to this effect.

           Last offset
               This is the estimated local offset on the last clock update.

           RMS offset
               This is a long-term average of the offset value.

           Frequency
               The ‘frequency’ is the rate by which the system’s clock would be wrong if chronyd
               was not correcting it. It is expressed in ppm (parts per million). For example, a
               value of 1 ppm would mean that when the system’s clock thinks it has advanced 1
               second, it has actually advanced by 1.000001 seconds relative to true time.

           Residual freq
               This shows the ‘residual frequency’ for the currently selected reference source.
               This reflects any difference between what the measurements from the reference
               source indicate the frequency should be and the frequency currently being used.

               The reason this is not always zero is that a smoothing procedure is applied to the
               frequency. Each time a measurement from the reference source is obtained and a new
               residual frequency computed, the estimated accuracy of this residual is compared
               with the estimated accuracy (see ‘skew’ next) of the existing frequency value. A
               weighted average is computed for the new frequency, with weights depending on
               these accuracies. If the measurements from the reference source follow a
               consistent trend, the residual will be driven to zero over time.

           Skew
               This is the estimated error bound on the frequency.

           Root delay
               This is the total of the network path delays to the stratum-1 computer from which
               the computer is ultimately synchronised.

           Root dispersion
               This is the total dispersion accumulated through all the computers back to the
               stratum-1 computer from which the computer is ultimately synchronised. Dispersion
               is due to system clock resolution, statistical measurement variations, etc.

               An absolute bound on the computer’s clock accuracy (assuming the stratum-1
               computer is correct) is given by:

                   clock_error <= |system_time_offset| + root_dispersion + (0.5 * root_delay)

           Update interval
               This is the interval between the last two clock updates.

           Leap status
               This is the leap status, which can be Normal, Insert second, Delete second or Not
               synchronised.

       makestep, makestep threshold limit
           Normally chronyd will cause the system to gradually correct any time offset, by
           slowing down or speeding up the clock as required. In certain situations, the system
           clock might be so far adrift that this slewing process would take a very long time to
           correct the system clock.

           The makestep command can be used in this situation. There are two forms of the
           command. The first form has no parameters. It tells chronyd to cancel any remaining
           correction that was being slewed and jump the system clock by the equivalent amount,
           making it correct immediately.

           The second form configures the automatic stepping, similarly to the makestep
           directive. It has two parameters, stepping threshold (in seconds) and number of future
           clock updates for which the threshold will be active. This can be used with the burst
           command to quickly make a new measurement and correct the clock by stepping if needed,
           without waiting for chronyd to complete the measurement and update the clock.

               makestep 0.1 1
               burst 1/2

           BE WARNED: Certain software will be seriously affected by such jumps in the system
           time. (That is the reason why chronyd uses slewing normally.)

       maxupdateskew skew-in-ppm
           This command has the same effect as the maxupdateskew directive in the configuration
           file.

       waitsync [max-tries [max-correction [max-skew [interval]]]]
           The waitsync command waits for chronyd to synchronise.

           Up to four optional arguments can be specified. The first is the maximum number of
           tries before giving up and returning a non-zero error code. When 0 is specified, or
           there are no arguments, the number of tries will not be limited.

           The second and third arguments are the maximum allowed remaining correction of the
           system clock and the maximum allowed skew (in ppm) as reported by the tracking command
           in the System time and Skew fields. If not specified or zero, the value will not be
           checked.

           The fourth argument is the interval specified in seconds in which the check is
           repeated. The interval is 10 seconds by default.

           An example is:

               waitsync 60 0.01

           which will wait up to about 10 minutes (60 times 10 seconds) for chronyd to
           synchronise to a source and the remaining correction to be less than 10 milliseconds.

   Time sources
       sources [-v]
           This command displays information about the current time sources that chronyd is
           accessing.

           The optional argument -v can be specified, meaning verbose. In this case, extra
           caption lines are shown as a reminder of the meanings of the columns.

               210 Number of sources = 3
               MS Name/IP address         Stratum Poll Reach LastRx Last sample
               ===============================================================================
               #* GPS0                          0   4   377    11   -479ns[ -621ns] +/-  134ns
               ^? foo.example.net               2   6   377    23   -923us[ -924us] +/-   43ms
               ^+ bar.example.net               1   6   377    21  -2629us[-2619us] +/-   86ms

           The columns are as follows:

           M
               This indicates the mode of the source. ^ means a server, = means a peer and #
               indicates a locally connected reference clock.

           S
               This column indicates the state of the source.

               ·   * indicates the source to which chronyd is currently synchronised.

               ·   + indicates acceptable sources which are combined with the selected source.

               ·   - indicates acceptable sources which are excluded by the combining algorithm.

               ·   ? indicates sources to which connectivity has been lost or whose packets do
                   not pass all tests. It is also shown at start-up, until at least 3 samples
                   have been gathered from it.

               ·   x indicates a clock which chronyd thinks is a falseticker (i.e. its time is
                   inconsistent with a majority of other sources).

               ·   ~ indicates a source whose time appears to have too much variability.

           Name/IP address
               This shows the name or the IP address of the source, or reference ID for reference
               clocks.

           Stratum
               This shows the stratum of the source, as reported in its most recently received
               sample. Stratum 1 indicates a computer with a locally attached reference clock. A
               computer that is synchronised to a stratum 1 computer is at stratum 2. A computer
               that is synchronised to a stratum 2 computer is at stratum 3, and so on.

           Poll
               This shows the rate at which the source is being polled, as a base-2 logarithm of
               the interval in seconds. Thus, a value of 6 would indicate that a measurement is
               being made every 64 seconds. chronyd automatically varies the polling rate in
               response to prevailing conditions.

           Reach
               This shows the source’s reachability register printed as an octal number. The
               register has 8 bits and is updated on every received or missed packet from the
               source. A value of 377 indicates that a valid reply was received for all from the
               last eight transmissions.

           LastRx
               This column shows how long ago the last sample was received from the source. This
               is normally in seconds. The letters m, h, d or y indicate minutes, hours, days, or
               years.

           Last sample
               This column shows the offset between the local clock and the source at the last
               measurement. The number in the square brackets shows the actual measured offset.
               This can be suffixed by ns (indicating nanoseconds), us (indicating microseconds),
               ms (indicating milliseconds), or s (indicating seconds). The number to the left of
               the square brackets shows the original measurement, adjusted to allow for any
               slews applied to the local clock since. The number following the +/- indicator
               shows the margin of error in the measurement. Positive offsets indicate that the
               local clock is ahead of the source.

       sourcestats [-v]
           The sourcestats command displays information about the drift rate and offset
           estimation process for each of the sources currently being examined by chronyd.

           The optional argument -v can be specified, meaning verbose. In this case, extra
           caption lines are shown as a reminder of the meanings of the columns.

           An example report is:

               210 Number of sources = 1
               Name/IP Address            NP  NR  Span  Frequency  Freq Skew  Offset  Std Dev
               ===============================================================================
               foo.example.net            11   5   46m     -0.001      0.045      1us    25us

           The columns are as follows:

           Name/IP Address
               This is the name or IP address of the NTP server (or peer) or reference ID of the
               reference clock to which the rest of the line relates.

           NP
               This is the number of sample points currently being retained for the server. The
               drift rate and current offset are estimated by performing a linear regression
               through these points.

           NR
               This is the number of runs of residuals having the same sign following the last
               regression. If this number starts to become too small relative to the number of
               samples, it indicates that a straight line is no longer a good fit to the data. If
               the number of runs is too low, chronyd discards older samples and re-runs the
               regression until the number of runs becomes acceptable.

           Span
               This is the interval between the oldest and newest samples. If no unit is shown
               the value is in seconds. In the example, the interval is 46 minutes.

           Frequency
               This is the estimated residual frequency for the server, in parts per million. In
               this case, the computer’s clock is estimated to be running 1 part in 10^9 slow
               relative to the server.

           Freq Skew
               This is the estimated error bounds on Freq (again in parts per million).

           Offset
               This is the estimated offset of the source.

           Std Dev
               This is the estimated sample standard deviation.

       reselect
           To avoid excessive switching between sources, chronyd can stay synchronised to a
           source even when it is not currently the best one among the available sources.

           The reselect command can be used to force chronyd to reselect the best synchronisation
           source.

       reselectdist distance
           The reselectdist command sets the reselection distance. It is equivalent to the
           reselectdist directive in the configuration file.

   NTP sources
       activity
           This command reports the number of servers and peers that are online and offline. If
           the auto_offline option is used in specifying some of the servers or peers, the
           activity command can be useful for detecting when all of them have entered the offline
           state after the network link has been disconnected.

           The report shows the number of servers and peers in 5 states:

           online
               the server or peer is currently online (i.e. assumed by chronyd to be reachable)

           offline
               the server or peer is currently offline (i.e. assumed by chronyd to be
               unreachable, and no measurements from it will be attempted.)

           burst_online
               a burst command has been initiated for the server or peer and is being performed;
               after the burst is complete, the server or peer will be returned to the online
               state.

           burst_offline
               a burst command has been initiated for the server or peer and is being performed;
               after the burst is complete, the server or peer will be returned to the offline
               state.

           unresolved
               the name of the server or peer was not resolved to an address yet; this source is
               not visible in the sources and sourcestats reports.

       ntpdata [address]
           The ntpdata command displays the last valid measurement and other NTP-specific
           information about the specified NTP source, or all NTP sources if no address was
           specified. An example of the output is shown below.

               Remote address  : 203.0.113.15 (CB00710F)
               Remote port     : 123
               Local address   : 203.0.113.74 (CB00714A)
               Leap status     : Normal
               Version         : 4
               Mode            : Server
               Stratum         : 1
               Poll interval   : 10 (1024 seconds)
               Precision       : -24 (0.000000060 seconds)
               Root delay      : 0.000015 seconds
               Root dispersion : 0.000015 seconds
               Reference ID    : 47505300 (GPS)
               Reference time  : Fri Nov 25 15:22:12 2016
               Offset          : -0.000060878 seconds
               Peer delay      : 0.000175634 seconds
               Peer dispersion : 0.000000681 seconds
               Response time   : 0.000053050 seconds
               Jitter asymmetry: +0.00
               NTP tests       : 111 111 1111
               Interleaved     : No
               Authenticated   : No
               TX timestamping : Kernel
               RX timestamping : Kernel
               Total TX        : 24
               Total RX        : 24
               Total valid RX  : 24

           The fields are explained as follows:

           Remote address
               The IP address of the NTP server or peer, and the corresponding reference ID.

           Remote port
               The UDP port number to which the request was sent. The standard NTP port is 123.

           Local address
               The local IP address which received the response, and the corresponding reference
               ID.

           Leap status, Version, Mode, Stratum, Poll interval, Precision, Root delay, Root
           dispersion, Reference ID, Reference time
               The NTP values from the last valid response.

           Offset, Peer delay, Peer dispersion
               The measured values.

           Response time
               The time the server or peer spent in processing of the request and waiting before
               sending the response.

           Jitter asymmetry
               The estimated asymmetry of network jitter on the path to the source. The asymmetry
               can be between -0.5 and 0.5. A negative value means the delay of packets sent to
               the source is more variable than the delay of packets sent from the source back.

           NTP tests
               Results of RFC 5905 tests 1 through 3, 5 through 7, and tests for maximum delay,
               delay ratio, delay dev ratio, and synchronisation loop.

           Interleaved
               This shows if the response was in the interleaved mode.

           Authenticated
               This shows if the response was authenticated.

           TX timestamping
               The source of the local transmit timestamp. Valid values are Daemon, Kernel, and
               Hardware.

           RX timestamping
               The source of the local receive timestamp.

           Total TX
               The number of packets sent to the source.

           Total RX
               The number of all packets received from the source.

           Total valid RX
               The number of valid packets received from the source.

       add peer address [option]...
           The add peer command allows a new NTP peer to be added whilst chronyd is running.

           Following the words add peer, the syntax of the following parameters and options is
           similar to that for the peer directive in the configuration file. The following peer
           options can be set in the command: port, minpoll, maxpoll, presend, maxdelayratio,
           maxdelay, key.

           An example of using this command is shown below.

               add peer foo.example.net minpoll 6 maxpoll 10 key 25

       add server address [option]...
           The add server command allows a new NTP server to be added whilst chronyd is running.

           Following the words add server, the syntax of the following parameters and options is
           similar to that for the server directive in the configuration file. The following
           server options can be set in the command: port, minpoll, maxpoll, presend,
           maxdelayratio, maxdelay, key.

           An example of using this command is shown below:

               add server foo.example.net minpoll 6 maxpoll 10 key 25

       delete address
           The delete command allows an NTP server or peer to be removed from the current set of
           sources.

       burst good/max [mask/masked-address], burst good/max [masked-address/masked-bits], burst
       good/max [address]
           The burst command tells chronyd to make a set of measurements to each of its NTP
           sources over a short duration (rather than the usual periodic measurements that it
           makes). After such a burst, chronyd will revert to the previous state for each source.
           This might be either online, if the source was being periodically measured in the
           normal way, or offline, if the source had been indicated as being offline. (A source
           can be switched between the online and offline states with the online and offline
           commands.)

           The mask and masked-address arguments are optional, in which case chronyd will
           initiate a burst for all of its currently defined sources.

           The arguments have the following meaning and format:

           good
               This defines the number of good measurements that chronyd will want to obtain from
               each source. A measurement is good if it passes certain tests, for example, the
               round trip time to the source must be acceptable. (This allows chronyd to reject
               measurements that are likely to be bogus.)

           max
               This defines the maximum number of measurements that chronyd will attempt to make,
               even if the required number of good measurements has not been obtained.

           mask
               This is an IP address with which the IP address of each of chronyd’s sources is to
               be masked.

           masked-address
               This is an IP address. If the masked IP address of a source matches this value
               then the burst command is applied to that source.

           masked-bits
               This can be used with masked-address for CIDR notation, which is a shorter
               alternative to the form with mask.

           address
               This is an IP address or a hostname. The burst command is applied only to that
               source.

           If no mask or masked-address arguments are provided, every source will be matched.

           An example of the two-argument form of the command is:

               burst 2/10

           This will cause chronyd to attempt to get two good measurements from each source,
           stopping after two have been obtained, but in no event will it try more than ten
           probes to the source.

           Examples of the four-argument form of the command are:

               burst 2/10 255.255.0.0/1.2.0.0
               burst 2/10 2001:db8:789a::/48

           In the first case, the two out of ten sampling will only be applied to sources whose
           IPv4 addresses are of the form 1.2.x.y, where x and y are arbitrary. In the second
           case, the sampling will be applied to sources whose IPv6 addresses have first 48 bits
           equal to 2001:db8:789a.

           Example of the three-argument form of the command is:

               burst 2/10 foo.example.net

       maxdelay address delay
           This allows the maxdelay option for one of the sources to be modified, in the same way
           as specifying the maxdelay option for the server directive in the configuration file.

       maxdelaydevratio address ratio
           This allows the maxdelaydevratio option for one of the sources to be modified, in the
           same way as specifying the maxdelaydevratio option for the server directive in the
           configuration file.

       maxdelayratio address ratio
           This allows the maxdelayratio option for one of the sources to be modified, in the
           same way as specifying the maxdelayratio option for the server directive in the
           configuration file.

       maxpoll address maxpoll
           The maxpoll command is used to modify the maximum polling interval for one of the
           current set of sources. It is equivalent to the maxpoll option in the server directive
           in the configuration file.

           Note that the new maximum polling interval only takes effect after the next
           measurement has been made.

       minpoll address minpoll
           The minpoll command is used to modify the minimum polling interval for one of the
           current set of sources. It is equivalent to the minpoll option in the server directive
           in the configuration file.

           Note that the new minimum polling interval only takes effect after the next
           measurement has been made.

       minstratum address minstratum
           The minstratum command is used to modify the minimum stratum for one of the current
           set of sources. It is equivalent to the minstratum option in the server directive in
           the configuration file.

       offline [address], offline [masked-address/masked-bits], offline [mask/masked-address]
           The offline command is used to warn chronyd that the network connection to a
           particular host or hosts is about to be lost, e.g. on computers with intermittent
           connection to their time sources.

           Another case where offline could be used is where a computer serves time to a local
           group of computers, and has a permanent connection to true time servers outside the
           organisation. However, the external connection is heavily loaded at certain times of
           the day and the measurements obtained are less reliable at those times. In this case,
           it is probably most useful to determine the gain or loss rate during the quiet periods
           and let the whole network coast through the loaded periods. The offline and online
           commands can be used to achieve this.

           There are four forms of the offline command. The first form is a wildcard, meaning all
           sources. The second form allows an IP address mask and a masked address to be
           specified. The third form uses CIDR notation. The fourth form uses an IP address or a
           hostname. These forms are illustrated below.

               offline
               offline 255.255.255.0/1.2.3.0
               offline 2001:db8:789a::/48
               offline foo.example.net

           The second form means that the offline command is to be applied to any source whose
           IPv4 address is in the 1.2.3 subnet. (The host’s address is logically and-ed with the
           mask, and if the result matches the masked-address the host is processed.) The third
           form means that the command is to be applied to all sources whose IPv6 addresses have
           their first 48 bits equal to 2001:db8:789a. The fourth form means that the command is
           to be applied only to that one source.

           The wildcard form of the address is equivalent to:

               offline 0.0.0.0/0.0.0.0
               offline ::/0

       online [address], online [masked-address/masked-bits], online [mask/masked-address]
           The online command is opposite in function to the offline command. It is used to
           advise chronyd that network connectivity to a particular source or sources has been
           restored.

           The syntax is identical to that of the offline command.

       polltarget address polltarget
           The polltarget command is used to modify the poll target for one of the current set of
           sources. It is equivalent to the polltarget option in the server directive in the
           configuration file.

       refresh
           The refresh command can be used to force chronyd to resolve the names of configured
           sources to IP addresses again, e.g. after suspending and resuming the machine in a
           different network.

           Sources that stop responding will be replaced with newly resolved addresses
           automatically after 8 polling intervals, but this command can still be useful to
           replace them immediately and not wait until they are marked as unreachable.

   Manual time input
       manual on, manual off, manual delete index, manual list, manual reset
           The manual command enables and disables use of the settime command, and is used to
           modify the behaviour of the manual clock driver.

           The on form of the command enables use of the settime command.

           The off form of the command disables use of the settime command.

           The list form of the command lists all the samples currently stored in chronyd. The
           output is illustrated below.

               210 n_samples = 1
               #    Date  Time(UTC)    Slewed   Original   Residual
               ====================================================
                0 27Jan99 22:09:20       0.00       0.97       0.00

           The columns are as as follows:

            1. The sample index (used for the manual delete command).

            2. The date and time of the sample.

            3. The system clock error when the timestamp was entered, adjusted to allow for
               changes made to the system clock since.

            4. The system clock error when the timestamp was entered, as it originally was
               (without allowing for changes to the system clock since).

            5. The regression residual at this point, in seconds. This allows ‘outliers’ to be
               easily spotted, so that they can be deleted using the manual delete command.

           The delete form of the command deletes a single sample. The parameter is the index of
           the sample, as shown in the first column of the output from manual list. Following
           deletion of the data point, the current error and drift rate are re-estimated from the
           remaining data points and the system clock trimmed if necessary. This option is
           intended to allow ‘outliers’ to be discarded, i.e. samples where the administrator
           realises they have entered a very poor timestamp.

           The reset form of the command deletes all samples at once. The system clock is left
           running as it was before the command was entered.

       settime time
           The settime command allows the current time to be entered manually, if this option has
           been configured into chronyd. (It can be configured either with the manual directive
           in the configuration file, or with the manual command of chronyc.)

           It should be noted that the computer’s sense of time will only be as accurate as the
           reference you use for providing this input (e.g. your watch), as well as how well you
           can time the press of the return key.

           Providing your computer’s time zone is set up properly, you will be able to enter a
           local time (rather than UTC).

           The response to a successful settime command indicates the amount that the computer’s
           clock was wrong. It should be apparent from this if you have entered the time wrongly,
           e.g. with the wrong time zone.

           The rate of drift of the system clock is estimated by a regression process using the
           entered measurement and all previous measurements entered during the present run of
           chronyd. However, the entered measurement is used for adjusting the current clock
           offset (rather than the estimated intercept from the regression, which is ignored).
           Contrast what happens with the manual delete command, where the intercept is used to
           set the current offset (since there is no measurement that has just been entered in
           that case).

           The time is parsed by the public domain getdate algorithm. Consequently, you can only
           specify time to the nearest second.

           Examples of inputs that are valid are shown below:

               settime 16:30
               settime 16:30:05
               settime Nov 21, 2015 16:30:05

           For a full description of getdate, see the getdate documentation (bundled, for
           example, with the source for GNU tar).

   NTP access
       accheck address
           This command allows you to check whether client NTP access is allowed from a
           particular host.

           Examples of use, showing a named host and a numeric IP address, are as follows:

               accheck foo.example.net
               accheck 1.2.3.4
               accheck 2001:db8::1

           This command can be used to examine the effect of a series of allow, allow all, deny,
           and deny all commands specified either via chronyc, or in chronyd’s configuration
           file.

       clients
           This command shows a list of clients that have accessed the server, through either the
           NTP or command ports. It does not include accesses over the Unix domain command
           socket. There are no arguments.

           An example of the output is:

               Hostname                      NTP   Drop Int IntL Last     Cmd   Drop Int  Last
               ===============================================================================
               localhost                       2      0   2   -   133      15      0  -1     7
               foo.example.net                12      0   6   -    23       0      0   -     -

           Each row shows the data for a single host. Only hosts that have passed the host access
           checks (set with the allow, deny, cmdallow and cmddeny commands or configuration file
           directives) are logged. The intervals are displayed as a power of 2 in seconds.

           The columns are as follows:

            1. The hostname of the client.

            2. The number of NTP packets received from the client.

            3. The number of NTP packets dropped to limit the response rate.

            4. The average interval between NTP packets.

            5. The average interval between NTP packets after limiting the response rate.

            6. Time since the last NTP packet was received

            7. The number of command packets received from the client.

            8. The number of command packets dropped to limit the response rate.

            9. The average interval between command packets.

            10. Time since the last command packet was received.

       serverstats
           The serverstats command displays how many valid NTP and command requests chronyd as a
           server received from clients, how many of them were dropped to limit the response rate
           as configured by the ratelimit and cmdratelimit directives, and how many client log
           records were dropped due to the memory limit configured by the clientloglimit
           directive. An example of the output is shown below.

               NTP packets received       : 1598
               NTP packets dropped        : 8
               Command packets received   : 19
               Command packets dropped    : 0
               Client log records dropped : 0

       allow [all] [subnet]
           The effect of the allow command is identical to the allow directive in the
           configuration file.

           The syntax is illustrated in the following examples:

               allow foo.example.net
               allow all 1.2
               allow 3.4.5
               allow 6.7.8/22
               allow 6.7.8.9/22
               allow 2001:db8:789a::/48
               allow 0/0
               allow ::/0
               allow
               allow all

       deny [all] [subnet]
           The effect of the allow command is identical to the deny directive in the
           configuration file.

           The syntax is illustrated in the following examples:

               deny foo.example.net
               deny all 1.2
               deny 3.4.5
               deny 6.7.8/22
               deny 6.7.8.9/22
               deny 2001:db8:789a::/48
               deny 0/0
               deny ::/0
               deny
               deny all

       local [option]..., local off
           The local command allows chronyd to be told that it is to appear as a reference
           source, even if it is not itself properly synchronised to an external source. (This
           can be used on isolated networks, to allow one computer to be a master time server
           with the other computers slaving to it.)

           The first form enables the local reference mode on the host. The syntax is identical
           to the local directive in the configuration file.

           The second form disables the local reference mode.

       smoothing
           The smoothing command displays the current state of the NTP server time smoothing,
           which can be enabled with the smoothtime directive. An example of the output is shown
           below.

               Active         : Yes
               Offset         : +1.000268817 seconds
               Frequency      : -0.142859 ppm
               Wander         : -0.010000 ppm per second
               Last update    : 17.8 seconds ago
               Remaining time : 19988.4 seconds

           The fields are explained as follows:

           Active
               This shows if the server time smoothing is currently active. Possible values are
               Yes and No. If the leaponly option is included in the smoothtime directive, (leap
               second only) will be shown on the line.

           Offset
               This is the current offset applied to the time sent to NTP clients. Positive value
               means the clients are getting time that’s ahead of true time.

           Frequency
               The current frequency offset of the served time. Negative value means the time
               observed by clients is running slower than true time.

           Wander
               The current frequency wander of the served time. Negative value means the time
               observed by clients is slowing down.

           Last update
               This field shows how long ago the time smoothing process was updated, e.g. chronyd
               accumulated a new measurement.

           Remaining time
               The time it would take for the smoothing process to get to zero offset and
               frequency if there were no more updates.

       smoothtime activate, smoothtime reset
           The smoothtime command can be used to activate or reset the server time smoothing
           process if it is configured with the smoothtime directive.

   Monitoring access
       cmdaccheck address
           This command is similar to the accheck command, except that it is used to check
           whether monitoring access is permitted from a named host.

           Examples of use are as follows:

               cmdaccheck foo.example.net
               cmdaccheck 1.2.3.4
               cmdaccheck 2001:db8::1

       cmdallow [all] [subnet]
           This is similar to the allow command, except that it is used to allow particular hosts
           or subnets to use chronyc to monitor with chronyd on the current host.

       cmddeny [all] [subnet]
           This is similar to the deny command, except that it is used to allow particular hosts
           or subnets to use chronyc to monitor chronyd on the current host.

   Real-time clock (RTC)
       rtcdata
           The rtcdata command displays the current RTC parameters.

           An example output is shown below.

               RTC ref time (GMT) : Sat May 30 07:25:56 2015
               Number of samples  : 10
               Number of runs     : 5
               Sample span period :  549
               RTC is fast by     :    -1.632736 seconds
               RTC gains time at  :  -107.623 ppm

           The fields have the following meaning:

           RTC ref time (GMT)
               This is the RTC reading the last time its error was measured.

           Number of samples
               This is the number of previous measurements being used to determine the RTC gain
               or loss rate.

           Number of runs
               This is the number of runs of residuals of the same sign following the regression
               fit for (RTC error) versus (RTC time). A value which is small indicates that the
               measurements are not well approximated by a linear model, and that the algorithm
               will tend to delete the older measurements to improve the fit.

           Sample span period
               This is the period that the measurements span (from the oldest to the newest).
               Without a unit the value is in seconds; suffixes m for minutes, h for hours, d for
               days or y for years can be used.

           RTC is fast by
               This is the estimate of how many seconds fast the RTC when it thought the time was
               at the reference time (above). If this value is large, you might (or might not)
               want to use the trimrtc command to bring the RTC into line with the system clock.
               (Note, a large error will not affect chronyd’s operation, unless it becomes so big
               as to start causing rounding errors.)

           RTC gains time at
               This is the amount of time gained (positive) or lost (negative) by the real time
               clock for each second that it ticks. It is measured in parts per million. So if
               the value shown was +1, suppose the RTC was exactly right when it crosses a
               particular second boundary. Then it would be 1 microsecond fast when it crosses
               its next second boundary.

       trimrtc
           The trimrtc command is used to correct the system’s real-time clock (RTC) to the main
           system clock. It has no effect if the error between the two clocks is currently
           estimated at less than a second.

           The command takes no arguments. It performs the following steps (if the RTC is more
           than 1 second away from the system clock):

            1. Remember the currently estimated gain or loss rate of the RTC and flush the
               previous measurements.

            2. Step the real-time clock to bring it within a second of the system clock.

            3. Make several measurements to accurately determine the new offset between the RTC
               and the system clock (i.e. the remaining fraction of a second error).

            4. Save the RTC parameters to the RTC file (specified with the rtcfile directive in
               the configuration file).

           The last step is done as a precaution against the computer suffering a power failure
           before either the daemon exits or the writertc command is issued.

           chronyd will still work perfectly well both whilst operating and across machine
           reboots even if the trimrtc command is never used (and the RTC is allowed to drift
           away from true time). The trimrtc command is provided as a method by which it can be
           corrected, in a manner compatible with chronyd using it to maintain accurate time
           across machine reboots.

           The trimrtc command can be executed automatically by chronyd with the rtcautotrim
           directive in the configuration file.

       writertc
           The writertc command writes the currently estimated error and gain or loss rate
           parameters for the RTC to the RTC file (specified with the rtcfile directive). This
           information is also written automatically when chronyd is killed (by the SIGHUP,
           SIGINT, SIGQUIT or SIGTERM signals) or when the trimrtc command is issued.

   Other daemon commands
       cyclelogs
           The cyclelogs command causes all of chronyd’s open log files to be closed and
           re-opened. This allows them to be renamed so that they can be periodically purged. An
           example of how to do this is shown below.

               # mv /var/log/chrony/measurements.log /var/log/chrony/measurements1.log
               # chronyc cyclelogs
               # ls -l /var/log/chrony
               -rw-r--r--   1 root     root            0 Jun  8 18:17 measurements.log
               -rw-r--r--   1 root     root        12345 Jun  8 18:17 measurements1.log
               # rm -f measurements1.log

       dump
           The dump command causes chronyd to write its current history of measurements for each
           of its sources to dump files in the directory specified in the configuration file by
           the dumpdir directive. Note that chronyd does this automatically when it exits. This
           command is mainly useful for inspection of the history whilst chronyd is running.

       rekey
           The rekey command causes chronyd to re-read the key file specified in the
           configuration file by the keyfile directive.

       shutdown
           The shutdown command causes chronyd to exit. This is equivalent to sending the process
           the SIGTERM signal.

   Client commands
       dns option
           The dns command configures how hostnames and IP addresses are resolved in chronyc. IP
           addresses can be resolved to hostnames when printing results of sources, sourcestats,
           tracking and clients commands. Hostnames are resolved in commands that take an address
           as argument.

           There are five options:

           dns -n
               Disables resolving IP addresses to hostnames. Raw IP addresses will be displayed.

           dns +n
               Enables resolving IP addresses to hostnames. This is the default unless chronyc
               was started with -n option.

           dns -4
               Resolves hostnames only to IPv4 addresses.

           dns -6
               Resolves hostnames only to IPv6 addresses.

           dns -46
               Resolves hostnames to both address families. This is the default behaviour unless
               chronyc was started with the -4 or -6 option.

       timeout timeout
           The timeout command sets the initial timeout for chronyc requests in milliseconds. If
           no response is received from chronyd, the timeout is doubled and the request is
           resent. The maximum number of retries is configured with the retries command.

           By default, the timeout is 1000 milliseconds.

       retries retries
           The retries command sets the maximum number of retries for chronyc requests before
           giving up. The response timeout is controlled by the timeout command.

           The default is 2.

       keygen [id [type [bits]]]
           The keygen command generates a key that can be added to the key file (specified with
           the keyfile directive) to allow NTP authentication between server and client, or
           peers. The key is generated from the /dev/urandom device and it is printed to standard
           output.

           The command has three optional arguments. The first argument is the key number (by
           default 1), which will be specified with the key option of the server or peer
           directives in the configuration file. The second argument is the hash function (by
           default SHA1 or MD5 if SHA1 is not available) and the third argument is the number of
           bits the key should have, between 80 and 4096 bits (by default 160 bits).

           An example is:

               keygen 73 SHA1 256

           which generates a 256-bit SHA1 key with number 73. The printed line should then be
           securely transferred and added to the key files on both server and client, or peers.

       exit, quit
           The exit and quit commands exit from chronyc and return the user to the shell.

       help
           The help command displays a summary of the commands and their arguments.

SEE ALSO

       chrony.conf(5), chronyd(8)

BUGS

       For instructions on how to report bugs, please visit <https://chrony.tuxfamily.org/>.

AUTHORS

       chrony was written by Richard Curnow, Miroslav Lichvar, and others.