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I'm running Ubuntu server 10.04 64-bit.

What I've tried:

  • apt-get. doesn't know of it.
  • downloading rpm from here and converting with alien

    dpkg-gencontrol: error: current host architecture 'amd64' does not appear in package's architecture list (i386)

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Why do you need ntpstat? Isn't ntpq -p appropriate? – mailq Sep 8 '11 at 14:51
I just need the 0/1 exit code that ntpstat provides for our app monitoring system. I already have this working on CentOS and I'm trying to reuse it. – mcqwerty Sep 8 '11 at 18:18

not a very good way, but it will do:

download the source rpm
rpm2cpio ntpstat-0.2-1.src.rpm | cpio -idmv
unpack the tgz
make && make install

but this is such a small utility, maybe save yourselve the hassle and use another tool that comes with ubuntu.

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That works, thanks. Modern package managers have spoiled me. – mcqwerty Sep 8 '11 at 18:13

Following jojoo's answer, you should be able to run something like "ntpdc -c sysinfo" or "ntpdc -c peers" to get similar information. It depends on what you're trying to do.

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I need to return a simple true/false value to our app monitoring software. That seems to be ntpstat's raison d'etre. Everything else I've tried is too heavyweight. Thanks – mcqwerty Sep 8 '11 at 18:14

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