[ntp:questions] Re: Why ntpd is losing out to openntp at BSD (was: Windows - Seven Days Later)

Harlan Stenn stenn at maccarony.ntp.org
Thu Oct 14 23:39:56 UTC 2004

In article <20041014141233.31433b09 at leela.theapt.org>,
Peter Hessler  <phessler at theapt.org> wrote:
>On Thu, 14 Oct 2004 21:55:47 +0100
>david at djwhome.demon.co.uk (David Woolley) wrote:
>:The non-legal, non-security, argument that they use is that most people
>:don't need better than about half a second accuracy (even if the starter
>:of this thread is complaining about 10ms errors).  If you add on the
>:demands for sub-second initial time setting, step free response to major
>:input steps, and cooperating isolated islands (which account for most
>:of the current FAQs), the official ntpd is at risk of losing out to
>:poorer substitutes.
>I use OpenNTPD on my time server, and I am off by 0.027525 seconds at this
>time.  Except for the initial sync, I am never off by more than 0.05

Exactly what does "off by 0..2.. seconds" mean?

I suspect in your case it means "to the only server I am believing".


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