[ntp:questions] ntp behaviour at startup

mills at udel.edu mills at udel.edu
Mon Feb 5 17:11:13 UTC 2007

marknmbox-88 at yahoo.com,

The good thing about faqs is they are quick and dirty; the bad thing is 
they are sometimes wrong. Starting ntpd for the first time and without a 
frequency file, ntpd computes the frequency directly and sets it within 
1 PPM in fifteen minutes. Indeed, there will be small wiggles of a 
milliscond or two as the daemon shaves off the residuals in a couple of 
hours, but it isn't clear if you consider the residuals as errors.

marknmbox-88 at yahoo.com wrote:

> I see a single line and a single chart in NTP FAQs
> that discusses how long after startup 
> until NTP reaches a good and stable value.
> That line is 
> "Also keep in mind that corrections are applied
> gradually, so it may take up to three 
> hours until the frequency error is compensated"
> Can anyone point me to additional information or
> additional studies on how this subject?
>                             Mark
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