Is there a way to get chrony to produce statistics on the clock quality,
without actually setting the clock?
I see the -Q option, but that only prints out the offset as a single
shot. I'd really like better data, as in what would be reported by
Is there some way to do this? Or some reason why it would not be
I'm developing an embedded Linux device which has a custom inertial
reference unit with a GPS. I have GPS time fixes (of rather
unimpressive latency and jitter), as well as a PPS signal (remains to be
seen how good it is) that is routed to an FPGA that is part of the SoC.
The integrated FPGA means I can in effect design a custom PPS device for
the SoC and then write a kernel pps driver for it. It will be
interesting to see if anything can be gained there.
In the final end use of the device, it won't be connecting to NTP
servers and won't be acting as one either. So I'd rather not install an
NTP server on it. It looks like with hardpps in the kernel it should be
possible to get a good clock without using an application like ntpd or
Should be possible, but is it? And how good? Thus the desire to
measure the clock quality w.r.t. reference NTP servers, but not have
chrony actually discipline the system clock.