[ntp:questions] Re: NTP seems unsuitable for this application... what do you think?

John Seal sealj at indy.raytheon.com
Thu Dec 2 14:48:50 UTC 2004


Heiko Gerstung wrote:

> "ntpdate" would eliminate the need to let your users enter this 
> "wristwatch time" and setup the correct date.

No, because the the user is the only source for date.  GPS doesn't 
supply date, and the probably-dead processor clocks can't be relied on 
to remember the correct date.  There is no time/date source that can be 
left on, because the whole system is powered by generators that run only 
when the system is needed (that's also why the clock batteries run down 
so fast).

Thank you for your help.



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