[ntp:questions] Default total number of servers NTP wants to have when using pool .....

Miroslav Lichvar mlichvar at redhat.com
Wed Dec 17 07:35:19 UTC 2014

On Mon, Dec 08, 2014 at 01:47:33PM -0500, Paul wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 12:27 PM, David Taylor <
> david-taylor at blueyonder.co.uk.invalid> wrote:
> > When using the pool directive, NTP tries to get a certain total number of
> > servers.  What is that number, please (I don't know where to find it in the
> > source code).  I'm seeing a total of 9 servers, with ten lines in the ntpq
> > -pn output, one line being the pool directive itself.  Is that correct and
> > expected?
> >
> maxclock *maxclock*Specify the maximum number of servers retained by the
> server discovery schemes. The default is 10. See the Automatic Server
> Discovery <http://www.eecis.udel.edu/%7Emills/ntp/html/discover.html> page
> for further details.

Should be the example of simple client configuration on ntp wiki [1]
updated to include "tos maxclock 5" to not increase the NTP traffic as
users and OS vendors will be switching to the pool directive? Or
change the default value of maxclock? 

[1] http://support.ntp.org/bin/view/Support/ConfiguringNTP#Section_6.10.

Miroslav Lichvar

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