[ntp:questions] Will ntpd tell me if it encounters problems?

Hal Murray hal-usenet at ip-64-139-1-69.sjc.megapath.net
Thu Apr 12 20:33:54 UTC 2007

>A healthy system should have at least four servers configured.  One 
>should be marked with an asterisk and three should be marked with a plus 
>sign.  The plus sign designates a member of the "selection set".  An "x" 
>means that the server in question is considered "insane".  A minus sign
>means that the server is not eligible for selection, probably because 
>there are several servers that look better to ntpd.

The localclock doesn't count as one of the 4.

For something like a nightly cron job, I'd also check the
"when" column.  If it is more than a few hours, something
is broken.  If it's more than a few days, you probably
need to find a new server.

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