clockdiff(8) — Linux manual page

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CLOCKDIFF(8)                     iputils                    CLOCKDIFF(8)

NAME         top

       clockdiff - measure clock difference between hosts

SYNOPSIS         top

       clockdiff [-o] [-o1] [--time-format ctime iso] [-V] {destination}

DESCRIPTION         top

       clockdiff Measures clock difference between us and destination
       with 1 msec resolution using ICMP TIMESTAMP [2] packets or,
       optionally, IP TIMESTAMP option [3] option added to ICMP ECHO.
       [1]

OPTIONS         top

       -o
           Use IP TIMESTAMP with ICMP ECHO instead of ICMP TIMESTAMP
           messages. It is useful with some destinations, which do not
           support ICMP TIMESTAMP (f.e. Solaris <2.4).

       -o1
           Slightly different form of -o, namely it uses three-term IP
           TIMESTAMP with prespecified hop addresses instead of four
           term one. What flavor works better depends on target host.
           Particularly, -o is better for Linux.

       -T, --time-format ctime iso
           Print time stamp in output either ISO-8601 format or
           classical ctime format. The ctime format is default. The ISO
           time stamp includes timezone, and is easier to parse.

       -I
           Alias of --time-format iso option and argument.

       -h, --help
           Print help and exit.

       -V, --version
           Print version and exit.

WARNINGS         top

           • Some nodes (Cisco) use non-standard timestamps, which is
           allowed by RFC, but makes timestamps mostly useless.

           • Some nodes generate messed timestamps (Solaris>2.4), when
           run xntpd. Seems, its IP stack uses a corrupted clock source,
           which is synchronized to time-of-day clock periodically and
           jumps randomly making timestamps mostly useless. Good news is
           that you can use NTP in this case, which is even better.

           • clockdiff shows difference in time modulo 24 days.

SEE ALSO         top

       ping(8), arping(8), tracepath(8).

REFERENCES         top

       [1] ICMP ECHO, RFC0792, page 14.

       [2] ICMP TIMESTAMP, RFC0792, page 16.

       [3] IP TIMESTAMP option, RFC0791, 3.1, page 16.

AUTHOR         top

       clockdiff was compiled by Alexey Kuznetsov
       <kuznet@ms2.inr.ac.ru>. It was based on code borrowed from BSD
       timed daemon.

SECURITY         top

       clockdiff requires CAP_NET_RAW capability to be executed. It is
       safe to be used as set-uid root.

AVAILABILITY         top

       clockdiff is part of iputils package.

COLOPHON         top

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