[ntp:questions] NTPD silently not tracking

unruh unruh at invalid.ca
Mon Sep 2 01:52:32 UTC 2013

On 2013-09-01, Harlan Stenn <stenn at ntp.org> wrote:
> unruh writes:
>> In this case ntpd wandered off by hours with no complaint. That is not a
>> proper behaviour of a professional piece of software.
> And I don't remember the config file.  If the target platform has a
> config file with setting that change the performance so the described
> behavior is possible, that's not a bug in NTP.

Agreed, but it does not seem to me to be the problem

>> Now it could be that they have the local clock enables, and for some
>> reason ntpd chased that rather than all of the other server
>> sources. Pointing out that they should never actually use the local
>> clock as a source is certainly useful since the clock is never wrong
>> with respect to the local source.
> Again, if this is what happened and the config file directives make this
> the stated behavior, that's not a bug in the code.  That's a
> configuration file problem.

Apparently it is not the explanation.

>> But if the computer has 5 outside source available and still chases
>> after the local source that is a bug that should be fixed. If you know
>> some attempt was made to fix a bug like than in a more recent version
>> than the one used by the user, then advising upgrade is appropriate (as
>> is telling him never to use local)
> Sure, and we will need to see the bug duplicated on the latest version
> of whatever branch has the problem, and with 4.2.8 nearly ready for
> release and with almost no chance of another 4.2.6 release, it makes
> sense for folks to focus on the latest -dev code.
> If some volunteer feels like working on this for older code that's
> great, and if somebody wants active support for older code that is
> available too.

More information about the questions mailing list