[ntp:hackers] smearing the leap second
hmurray at megapathdsl.net
Fri Jul 10 01:03:04 UTC 2015
> NTP shouldn't be involved in "smearing" time, at all. The only reason for
> smeared time is because of systems (e.g. POSIX) which don't properly
> support leap seconds. Any smearing should be done by the OS, not NTP...
Actually, if you are going to do smearing, NTP is a fine place to do it. It
lets you implement smearing without all the effort and risks of updating the
kernels on all your client systems.
The problem is mixing smearing and non-smearing servers.
1: I wonder how many large organizations know where all their systems that would need updating are located and where to get the new kernel. Aside from the routers and printer/fax machines there are probably a few systems hidden in back corners doing something important without much attention.
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