[ntp:questions] Using ntpdate -b SERVER shortly after SERVER boots

David J Taylor david-taylor at blueyonder.co.not-this-bit.nor-this-part.uk
Thu Feb 15 07:43:08 UTC 2007

Danny Mayer wrote:
> Richard B. gilbert wrote:
>> Donald Murray, P.Eng. wrote:
>>> On 10 Feb 2007 02:16:02 GMT, Steve Kostecke <kostecke at ntp.isc.org>
>>> wrote:
>>>> On 2007-02-08, Donald Murray, P.Eng. <donaldm314 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>> How quickly can an isolated ntp server respond to 'ntpdate'
>>>>> queries after the server starts?
>> <snip>
>>> I bet this sounds pretty awful to most of you. It sounds kind of
>>> awful
>>> to me as well.
>>> Thanks for your suggestions. I appreciate everyone taking the time
>>> to respond. Do I get a prize for most inappropriate use of ntp?  ;-)
>> You have NO IDEA how fierce the competition for that prize is!!!!!
>> I don't think we've seen anybody trying to NTP to drive nails or fix
>> a dripping faucet but sooner or later we'll get those too.
> Well using it as a thermometer is one of the more interesting
> usages...
> Danny

I use it to detect if there has been a break in a satellite signal.  When 
there is a break, the receiver code goes wild and grabs all the CPU, 
resulting in a transient visible by plotting NTP offset....


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