[ntp:questions] Order of servers in ntp.conf

unruh unruh at invalid.ca
Thu Aug 15 04:18:25 UTC 2013

On 2013-08-14, Steve Kostecke <kostecke at ntp.org> wrote:
> On 2013-08-14, unruh <unruh at invalid.ca> wrote:
>> On 2013-08-14, Nils Brubaker <ncb at us.ibm.com> wrote:
>>> Aug  8 15:01:00 yellowstone ntpd[3254]: synchronized to, 
>>> stratum 2
>>> Aug  8 16:09:20 yellowstone ntpd[3254]: synchronized to, 
>>> stratum 2
>>> These log messages suggest that ntpd is synchronizing with one and only 
>>> one NTP server.  Is that the correct interpretation?  Is this single 
>>> server selected for synchronization only after performing all the 
>>> calculations described below?
>> As I understand it, once it has done all of the calculations, it picks
>> one of the servers in the accepted bunch of servers and uses it as a
>> proxy for all of them. Ie, the above is shorthand for 
>> synchronized to a pool of servers which includes
> The time server specified in each of those lines is the one which is
> currently selected as the "sys_peer".

But as I understand it, it is simply one of the systems which is not a
false ticker, and has not real significance other than that. 
Ie, its time is not treated any differently than any of the other
systems regarded as true chimers by the selection algorithm. Or do I
misunderstand something?


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