[ntp:questions] Re: minpoll and maxpoll

Richard B. Gilbert rgilbert88 at comcast.net
Mon Dec 20 21:56:29 UTC 2004

Helmut Wollmersdorfer wrote:

> Richard B. Gilbert wrote:
>> You should not specify either minpoll or maxpoll without very good 
>> reason!  Minpoll defaults to 6 and maxpoll to 10 giving a range from 
>> 64 seconds to 1024 seconds.  The daemon will adjust the polling 
>> interval within this range as needed.  The longer polling intervals 
>> are needed to let the code "fine tune" your clock.
> Thanks. Now I understand, that shorter is not better.
> Maybe using minpoll and maxpoll was the reason for large offset drifts 
> after restart up to 90 ms, than back into opposite direction around 
> -50 ms? Never watched this before after a /etc/init.d/ntp-server restart.
> Helmut Wollmersdorfer

Do you define a driftfile in your ntp.conf?   You need one to give your 
local clock a reasonable starting value for frequency correction.  If 
you are restarting after having powered down for long enough to make a 
significant change in system temperature, you may need several hours 
before your clock stabilizes.

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