How should I call ntpd if I only want to query the NTP, but I do not want to update the system time (as in "ntpdate -q")? We do not have an NTP daemon in our proprietary system.

Thanks, Mechi

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You already answered yourself. ntpdate -q is used to query time sources. ntpd is not used for that.

  • Or since we have 2022 and ntpd is outdated for so long on any system since 18.04 you most likely run on systemd-timesyncd which you can query with timedatectl or if you wanted a server (or even just more advanced syncing) you should use chrony which you would check with chronyc tracking May 10, 2022 at 5:24

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