[ntp:questions] ntpd (4.2.2p1) stays "synchronized to LOCAL"

Maarten Wiltink maarten at kittensandcats.net
Tue Dec 5 12:54:56 UTC 2006

"Jon KÃ¥re Hellan" <jon.kare.hellan at uninett.no> wrote in message
news:1mslfuprbu.fsf at persaunet.uninett.no...
> Under what circumstances *should* the local clock be configured?

Canonically, 'when it is being disciplined by other means'.

In practice, when you want your bottleneck host to keep serving time
even when its Internet connection has (temporarily) failed. That way,
the entire flock stays with it, which is probably preferable to all
of them drifting every which way. The expected variation is halved
immediately; also, an always-on Internet gateway will probably coast
closer to real time than a herd of laptops.

Maarten Wiltink

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