NTP_GETTIME(3)            Linux Programmer's Manual           NTP_GETTIME(3)

NAME         top

       ntp_gettime,  ntp_gettimex   - get time parameters (NTP daemon inter‐

SYNOPSIS         top

       #include <sys/timex.h>

       int ntp_gettime(struct ntptimeval *ntv);

       int ntp_gettimex(struct ntptimeval *ntv);

DESCRIPTION         top

       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 */

              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).

              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         top

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

VERSIONS         top

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

ATTRIBUTES         top

       For an explanation of the terms used in this section, see

       │Interface                      Attribute     Value   │
       │ntp_gettime(), ntp_gettimex()  │ Thread safety │ MT-Safe │

CONFORMING TO         top

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

SEE ALSO         top

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

       NTP "Kernel Application Program Interface" 

COLOPHON         top

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Linux                            2016-10-08                   NTP_GETTIME(3)

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