[ntp:questions] [ntp:hackers] ntpdate removal is coming

Miroslav Lichvar mlichvar at redhat.com
Mon Jul 18 12:07:17 UTC 2011

On Sun, Jul 17, 2011 at 12:57:06PM -0700, Harlan Stenn wrote:
> Just to be clear, there *used* to be some reasons to set the clock
> before starting ntpd.  In general, there is no need to do this anymore
> and I have not heard any good reasons it should still be needed.
> If anybody knows of any *good* reasons to set the clock before starting
> ntpd, please speak up.

With the -x option (or any larger tinker step) setting the clock
before starting ntpd is useful to avoid possibly very long initial
offset correction.

That wouldn't be needed if ntpd had an option to always step on start.

Miroslav Lichvar

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