[ntp:questions] Server and Client can't sync

Aggie c.kevin.lam at gmail.com
Tue Oct 30 08:03:03 UTC 2007

Here's what I want to do:
  To have NTPD run on VxWorks and Windows. Set VxWorks as the Server
and Windows as the Client. My Ulitmate goal is the sync these two

Here's the scenario:
  Whenever I power cycle VxWorks, it will set the clock to 00:00, Jan
1, 1970. It's default. I wrote a simple program and set the clock to a
more current time, 3:00pm, Oct 29, 2007. And I also did the following

VxWorks: Server, Initial time: 3:00pm, Oct29 2007
Windows: Client, Inital time: 3:02pm, Oct 29 2007

We would expect that the clock on Windows would be sync to the one on
VxWorks after a couple minutes. However, after running ntpd for a
couple minutes, the clock on Windows was changed to 5:15pm, Nov 21
1988. I have no idea why it happened. So I looked at the timestamp
packet, here's one of the packet from the server to the client:

Reference clock update Time: Oct 29, 2007 15:17:57.08333 UTC
Originate Time Stamp: Oct 29, 2007 15:16:42.9551 UTC
Receive Time Stamp: Jan 1, 1970 00:21:26.0827 UTC
Transmit Time Stamp: Oct 29, 2007 15:20:30.1500 UTC

Why am I still getting Jan 1, 1970 as the Receive Time Stamp? Is it
because my simple program didn't set the clock correctly?? Are there
more than one clock on a system? Am i supposed to set all of the
clocks first before I run ntpd?? Thanks.

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