[ntp:questions] Synchronizing against a free-running server

unruh unruh at invalid.ca
Mon Apr 15 16:53:42 UTC 2013

On 2013-04-15, detha <detha at foad.co.za> wrote:
> On Mon, 15 Apr 2013 13:22:57 +0100, David Woolley wrote:
>> detha wrote:
>>> It's what w32time seems to do (I don't know too much about windows, so
>>> maybe that can be tweaked)
>> Recent versions of w32time can be tweaked to be NTP compliant, or at least
>> more or less so, but supporting a local clock driver is not part or the
>> requirements of the standard.
> Thanks for pointing me at the root dispersion.
> For future reference: 'w32tm /localclockdispersion:0 /update' seems to
> turn w32time from a bad liar into an accomplished liar - at least it works
> in my test setup. Totally broken solution, do not try this at home, but
> for now it will do what I need until I can a better solution approved and
> in place.

Would it not have been better to leave the bad solution in place and
tell the higherups that win32time simply cannot be made to work? The
problem with the good-enough kludge is that it is the enemy of the

> -d

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