[ntp:questions] ntp not updating the time

unruh unruh at wormhole.physics.ubc.ca
Wed Apr 14 00:02:41 UTC 2010

On 2010-04-13, Marc Fromm <Marc.Fromm at wwu.edu> wrote:
> I am using RedHat 5.2 and running ntp-4.2.2p1-9.el5_4.1.
> The server loses 1 second per minute.

ntpd cannot fix that. chrony could, just. But it indicates some severe
problem. Is this a virtual server running on some other hardware?
Nothing can help then, except getting the server to get its time from
the underlying system, not its own clock. 

You could install adjtimex and use it to set the tick to cancel out most
of that , but I suspect it is not consistant either. 

> I've been checking it since I manually updated the time and after 2 hours it is 2 minutes and 1 second behind.
> ntpq -p produces the following:
>      remote           refid      st t when poll reach   delay   offset  jitter
>  .ACTS.           1 u  858 1024  374    4.431  62588.8 21305.0
> *LOCAL(0)        .LOCL.          10 l   16   64  377    0.000    0.000   0.001
> My ntp.conf file is all defaults except for the time server entry on line 13.

Nothing ntpd can do, sorry. The rate is far too far off. fix that
problem first. ( and if this is a virtual server, stop looking to ntp
for a fix)


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