[Bug 162389] Re: ntp check is worse than useless

James Troup james.troup at canonical.com
Fri Oct 3 17:20:24 BST 2008

> I can't reproduce this on my desktop machine or on my nagios server.

I can; with up-to-date hardy:

# /usr/lib/nagios/plugins/check_ntp -H; echo $?
NTP OK: Offset unknown|
# ntpq -p
No association ID's returned

> What version are you running (check_ntp -V)?

# /usr/lib/nagios/plugins/check_ntp -V
check_ntp v1861 (nagios-plugins 1.4.11)

> (And what does "ntpdate -ud" show when you run it? If you
> don't have a running NTP server, it should say " Server
> dropped: no data" somewhere in its output.)

# ntpdate -ud
 3 Oct 17:17:56 ntpdate[28773]: ntpdate 4.2.4p4 at 1.1520-o Fri Mar  7 20:36:59 UTC 2008 (1)


 3 Oct 17:17:56 ntpdate[28773]: no server suitable for synchronization found

> Also, the newer versions of nagios-plugins (in Hardy or later) are
> supposed to use check_ntp_peer (for seeing if an NTP server is up)
> and check_ntp_time (for seeing if the server's time is accurate);
> check_ntp is currently deprecated.

If it's deprecated and broken (which it is), surely it should be

** Changed in: nagios-plugins (Ubuntu)
       Status: Invalid => New

ntp check is worse than useless
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