[ntp:questions] SNTP server + ntpd 4.2.4 client

Unruh unruh-spam at physics.ubc.ca
Tue Mar 25 18:23:24 UTC 2008

"Maarten Wiltink" <maarten at kittensandcats.net> writes:

>"Unruh" <unruh-spam at physics.ubc.ca> wrote in message
>news:RHcFj.95365$FO1.58226 at edtnps82...
>> Look, an SNTP client is not supposed to act as a server. Period.

>Unless... its clock is disciplined by means external to NTP.
>For example, by a reference clock. Not all reference clocks must
>necessarily be NTP servers; there are other ways to use them to
>make sure that some clock in the next computer over runs Very Close
>to UTC.

>It has been said right here that many if not most of the black box
>stratum-1 servers operate by the exact mechanism you condemn: an
>SNTP client polling a local refclock at some suitably short interval,
>presumably with a simple feedback loop but without the full NTP and
>its higher math & other assorted magic.

The problem with netnews-- your mistakes far outlive your recognition that
you have made a mistake. Yes, I have admitted that I was out and out wrong.
Period. You are perfectly correct. 

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