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I just stumbled upon this and thought I'd bring it up since it was not
clear why this happened. I have a script written just last week for the
first time that uses 'sntp' along with some non-default options (-c and
- -d) which control how long sntp will wait for responses before timing
out. Because I'd wanted things to happen faster I'd used these options
to decrease the timeouts. On a whim I tried the same options on
OpenSUSE 12.1 and they did not work. Going to ntp.org I was able to see
that the manpage (sntp.1) was modified between ntp versions 4.2.4 and
4.2.6 removing the -c option and changing -d to something else entirely.
It looks like this change has been in the NTP source for a couple of
years, but I was using the enterprise (SLES) code which is still on the
older and more-reliable stuff. Since 12.1 changed to 4.2.6 those
options are no longer available. I wish there had been a "deprecated"
period announced somewhere (manpage?) for these options, but oh well. I
do not know that this will hit anybody else but if you're using
non-standard stuff with the ntp package keep an eye on this. In other
news, ntpdate works again where on other 4.2.4 systems it recommends
using sntp only for slamming time.

Good luck.
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