Section: NTPsec (1)
ntpviz - make visualizations of offset, jitter, etc. from stats file data
[-c | --clip]
[-D DLVL | --debug DLVL]
[-g | --general]
[-h | --help]
[-n NAME | --name NAME]
[-N | --nice]
[-o OUTDIR | --outdir OUTDIR]
[-p DAYS | --period DAYS`]
[-s STARTTIME | --starttime STARTTIME]
[-T TERMINAL | --terminal TERMINAL]
[-V | --version]
[-w SIZE | --width SIZE]
ntpviz analyzes files in an NTP log directory and generates
statistical plots from them. It can output either PNG images or the
gnuplot programs to generate them to standard output. In its default
mode it generates an HTML directory containing an index page and
either (a) all plots, for a single statfiles directory, or (b) a
subset of comparative plots for multiple directories.
-c or --clip
Normally all data are plotted. This option limits the range of
the plots to the data between 1% and 99%; this is useful for
ignoring a few spikes in the data.
-d LOGDIR or --datadir LOGDIR
Specifies one or more logfile directories to examine; the default is
the single directory /var/log/ntpstats.
-D DLVL or --debug DLVL
Set the debug level to DLVL. Larger DLVL leads to more verbosity.
0 is the default, quiet except for all ERRORs and some WARNINGs.
1 shows some environment info and basic program progress.
2 leaves the plot file in the system temp directory.
9 is painfully verbose. 9 also includes profile data.
-e TIME or --endtime TIME
With -s and -e you set the start and end times. TIME is either numeric
POSIX time (seconds since the start of the epoch) or ISO 8601-style
The default end time is the last logfile entry timestamp.
The default start time is computed as the end time minus DAYS.
Alternatively, you may specify either -s or -e (but not both) and use
-p to set the plot period in days.
-g or --generate
Run plot through gnuplot to make png. The default is to generate
-n STR or --name STR
Set the sitename shown in the plot title, and is effective only for the
single-directory case. The default is the basename of the log directory.
-N or --nice
Run at the lowest possible priority. Only available on UNIX.
-o OUTDIR or --outdir OUTDIR
Set the directory for all output to be OUTDIR, if OUTDIR does
not exist it gets created. The default OUTDIR is ntpgraphs.
Warning: existing PNG files and index.html in the output directory
will be clobbered.
-p DAYS or --period DAYS
The default DAYS is for 7 days. DAYS can be a
floating point number, so "-p 0.5" plots 12 hours. DAYS is ignored
if -s and -e are given.
-s TIME or --starttime TIME
See -e and -p.
-T TERMINAL or --terminal TERMINAL
Set the gnuplot terminal type for generating the graphs. Supported
types are gif, jpg, png, pngcairo, and svg. The default is
png. Some prefer pngcairo or svg.
-V or --version
Print program version and exit.
-w SIZE or --width SIZE
Set the size of the output plots. SIZE can be one of s, m, or l.
s is for browser on small screens (1024x768). m for medium screens
(1388x768). l for large screens (1920x1080). m is the default.
The plot options choose what graph is generated; invoke only one. By
default, the gnuplot for the graph is reported; with -g you get the
The following plots are available:
Report all peer jitters; this is a different option name from
--peer-jitters only because of a limitation in the Python
Report all peer offsets; this is a different option name from
--peer-offsets only because of a minor limitation in the Python
Clock frequency offset from the loop statistics (field 4)
Plot local frequency offset and local temperatures. This plot is
only generated if there is a log file named temps in the log file
Clock time-jitter plot from the loop statistics (field 5).
Plot GPS Time Dilution of Precision (TDOP) and the number of satellites
used (nSats). This plot is only generated if there is a log file
named gpsd in the log file directory.
Clock time and clock frequency offsets from the loop statistics
(fields 3 and 4).
Frequency histogram of distinct loopstats time offset values (field 3).
Plot comparative local offsets for multiple directories.
Plot local temperatures. This plot is only generated if
there is a log file named temps in the log file directory.
RMS frequency-jitter plot from the loop statistics (field 6);
this is deviation from a root-mean-square extrapolation of the
moving average of past frequency readings.
Peer jitter from local clock time, from peerstats (field 7)
A comma-separated list of peer names must follow. It is a fatal
error for any of these names not to appear in peerstats.
Peer offset from local clock time from peerstats (field 4). A
comma-separated list of peer names or IP addresses must follow. It
is a fatal error for any of these names not to appear in peerstats.
If no individual plot is specified, all plots and an index HTML page
are generated into the output directory.
When an index is generated, ntpviz will look for a header and
footer file in the output directory. Neither of these files are
required. These files may contain arbitrary HTML.
The header file will be added almost at the top of the body of the
generated index page, and the footer file will be added almost at
the bottom of the body of the generated index page.
The contents are at the discretion of the operator. One might put
links to other related web pages, or notes on the server OS, software
versions, hardware configuration, etc. into either of these files,
The code includes various sanity checks and will bail out with a message
to standard error on, for example, missing logfile data required for a
Any command line options may also be placed into a command file. The
command file name (OPTIONFILE) is prefixed on the command line with an
Each line in the command file should contain just one option. Multiple
options per line are allowed but discouraged. Blank lines are allowed.
Comments may be added prepended with an octothorpe (#). Comments may
appear on a new line, or trailing, after the # .
When an option takes a parameter, the option and parameter must be
separated by an equal sign (=) or spaces.
These two ways to invoke ntpviz are equivalent:
$ ntpviz --period 1 --outdir day
$ cat day/config
$ ntpviz @day/config
Python and gnuplot. The plots will look better with the liberation
font package installed.
Eric S. Raymond, Gary E. Miller, and Daniel Drown. The gnuplot in this
package is largely based on templates in Daniel Drown's chrony-graph
One of the following exit values will be returned:
Successful program execution.
The operation failed, usually due to a missing logfile required for
Illegal command-line option.