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     ntp_adjtime, ntp_gettime — Network Time Protocol (NTP) daemon interface system calls


     Standard C Library (libc, -lc)


     #include <sys/timex.h>

     ntp_adjtime(struct timex *);

     ntp_gettime(struct ntptimeval *);


     The two system calls ntp_adjtime() and ntp_gettime() are the kernel interface to the Network
     Time Protocol (NTP) daemon ntpd(8).

     The ntp_adjtime() function is used by the NTP daemon to adjust the system clock to an
     externally derived time.  The time offset and related variables which are set by
     ntp_adjtime() are used by hardclock() to adjust the phase and frequency of the phase- or
     frequency-lock loop (PLL resp. FLL) which controls the system clock.

     The ntp_gettime() function provides the time, maximum error (sync distance) and estimated
     error (dispersion) to client user application programs.

     In the following, all variables that refer PPS are only relevant if the PPS_SYNC option is
     enabled in the kernel.

     ntp_adjtime() has as argument a struct timex * of the following form:

     struct timex {
             unsigned int modes;     /* clock mode bits (wo) */
             long offset;            /* time offset (us) (rw) */
             long freq;              /* frequency offset (scaled ppm) (rw) */
             long maxerror;          /* maximum error (us) (rw) */
             long esterror;          /* estimated error (us) (rw) */
             int status;             /* clock status bits (rw) */
             long constant;          /* pll time constant (rw) */
             long precision;         /* clock precision (us) (ro) */
             long tolerance;         /* clock frequency tolerance (scaled
                                      * ppm) (ro) */
              * The following read-only structure members are implemented
              * only if the PPS signal discipline is configured in the
              * kernel.
             long ppsfreq;           /* pps frequency (scaled ppm) (ro) */
             long jitter;            /* pps jitter (us) (ro) */
             int shift;              /* interval duration (s) (shift) (ro) */
             long stabil;            /* pps stability (scaled ppm) (ro) */
             long jitcnt;            /* jitter limit exceeded (ro) */
             long calcnt;            /* calibration intervals (ro) */
             long errcnt;            /* calibration errors (ro) */
             long stbcnt;            /* stability limit exceeded (ro) */

     The members of this struct have the following meanings when used as argument for
     modes      Defines what settings should be changed with the current ntp_adjtime() call
                (write-only).  Bitwise OR of the following:
                      MOD_OFFSET     set time offset
                      MOD_FREQUENCY  set frequency offset
                      MOD_MAXERROR   set maximum time error
                      MOD_ESTERROR   set estimated time error
                      MOD_STATUS     set clock status bits
                      MOD_TIMECONST  set PLL time constant
                      MOD_CLKA       set clock A
                      MOD_CLKB       set clock B
     offset     Time offset (in microseconds), used by the PLL/FLL to adjust the system time in
                small increments (read-write).
     freq       Frequency offset (scaled ppm) (read-write).
     maxerror   Maximum error (in microseconds).  Initialized by an ntp_adjtime() call, and
                increased by the kernel once each second to reflect the maximum error bound
                growth (read-write).
     esterror   Estimated error (in microseconds).  Set and read by ntp_adjtime(), but unused by
                the kernel (read-write).
     status     System clock status bits (read-write).  Bitwise OR of the following:
                      STA_PLL        Enable PLL updates (read-write).
                      STA_PPSFREQ    Enable PPS freq discipline (read-write).
                      STA_PPSTIME    Enable PPS time discipline (read-write).
                      STA_FLL        Select frequency-lock mode (read-write).
                      STA_INS        Insert leap (read-write).
                      STA_DEL        Delete leap (read-write).
                      STA_UNSYNC     Clock unsynchronized (read-write).
                      STA_FREQHOLD   Hold frequency (read-write).
                      STA_PPSSIGNAL  PPS signal present (read-only).
                      STA_PPSJITTER  PPS signal jitter exceeded (read-only).
                      STA_PPSWANDER  PPS signal wander exceeded (read-only).
                      STA_PPSERROR   PPS signal calibration error (read-only).
                      STA_CLOCKERR   Clock hardware fault (read-only).
     constant   PLL time constant, determines the bandwidth, or “stiffness”, of the PLL (read-
     precision  Clock precision (in microseconds).  In most cases the same as the kernel tick
                variable (see hz(9)).  If a precision clock counter or external time-keeping
                signal is available, it could be much lower (and depend on the state of the
                signal) (read-only).
     tolerance  Maximum frequency error, or tolerance of the CPU clock oscillator (scaled ppm).
                Ordinarily a property of the architecture, but could change under the influence
                of external time-keeping signals (read-only).
     ppsfreq    PPS frequency offset produced by the frequency median filter (scaled ppm) (read-
     jitter     PPS jitter measured by the time median filter in microseconds (read-only).
     shift      Logarithm to base 2 of the interval duration in seconds (PPS, read-only).
     stabil     PPS stability (scaled ppm); dispersion (wander) measured by the frequency median
                filter (read-only).
     jitcnt     Number of seconds that have been discarded because the jitter measured by the
                time median filter exceeded the limit MAXTIME (PPS, read-only).
     calcnt     Count of calibration intervals (PPS, read-only).
     errcnt     Number of calibration intervals that have been discarded because the wander
                exceeded the limit MAXFREQ or where the calibration interval jitter exceeded two
                ticks (PPS, read-only).
     stbcnt     Number of calibration intervals that have been discarded because the frequency
                wander exceeded the limit MAXFREQ/4 (PPS, read-only).
     After the ntp_adjtime() call, the struct timex * structure contains the current values of
     the corresponding variables.

     ntp_gettime() has as argument a struct ntptimeval * with the following members:

     struct ntptimeval {
             struct timeval time;    /* current time (ro) */
             long maxerror;          /* maximum error (us) (ro) */
             long esterror;          /* estimated error (us) (ro) */

     These have the following meaning:
     time       Current time (read-only).
     maxerror   Maximum error in microseconds (read-only).
     esterror   Estimated error in microseconds (read-only).


     ntp_adjtime() and ntp_gettime() return the current state of the clock on success, or any of
     the errors of copyin(9) and copyout(9).  ntp_adjtime() may additionally return EPERM if the
     user calling ntp_adjtime() does not have sufficient permissions.

     Possible states of the clock are:
           TIME_OK     Everything okay, no leap second warning.
           TIME_INS    “insert leap second” warning.  At the end of the day, a leap second will
                       be inserted after 23:59:59.
           TIME_DEL    “delete leap second” warning.  At the end of the day, second 23:59:59 will
                       be skipped.
           TIME_OOP    Leap second in progress.
           TIME_WAIT   Leap second has occurred within the last few seconds.
           TIME_ERROR  Clock not synchronized.


     The ntp_adjtime() system call may return EPERM if the caller does not have sufficient


     options(4), ntpd(8), hardclock(9), hz(9)


     Take note that this API is extremely complex and stateful.  Users should not attempt
     modification without first reviewing the ntpd(8) sources in depth.