[ntp:questions] Re: Very basic ntp question

Richard B. Gilbert rgilbert88 at comcast.net
Fri Jan 30 00:09:28 UTC 2004

Well, I'd try:

server prefer
fudge stratum 10

Unless your local clock on the server is very good, your whole network 
may eventually have a time that is off by several minutes!

If you need the correct time rather than simple agreement among all the 
nodes on your network, you need to find some source of sufficiently 
accurate time and use it as a reference clock.   A bare bones GPS timing 
receiver can be bought for $200 or less and will supply the correct 
time.  Fancier reference clocks can be had for more money (and keep 
better time).

Andrew.Lovett wrote:

>Hi, I am brand new to ntp, and I have a very simple question.  I am trying
>to create an ntp server that uses a local clock so I can synchronize several
>clocks on a network (I've read the warnings about using a local clock, but
>the server in question is completely disconnected from the Internet, so
>there should be no problem there).  I'm not entirely sure how to write my
>config file.  Using the default location (/etc/ntp.conf), I've tried
>sever refid LCL
>In either case, when I run ntpd, it immediately quits without an error
>message.  When I run ntpudate, it says, "no server can be used, exiting"
>Can someone please tell me how exactly the config file should be written, or
>whether I need to add any command-line arguments?
>PS: The operating system I'm using is QNX, I believe ntp should behave about
>the same way as it does on UNIX.

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