[ntp:questions] Re: Time mysteriously advancing with FreeBSD 5.3 and ntpd 4.2.0-a

David J Taylor david-taylor at invalid.com
Sat Jan 1 12:54:20 UTC 2005

Mxsmanic wrote:
> My daemon seems to show a preference for relatively local servers
> (Germany and Switzerland), but it also considers NIST servers as
> candidates and occasionally picks one of them as a reference.
> I think that delays to distant servers are indeed longer, but they are
> more constant, since the changes in routing tend to cancel out over
> long distances; whereas nearby services may abruptly show different
> delays if the routing changes locally, and frequent changes may cause
> delays to go up and down a lot unpredictably.

I found the same effect - and I'm not sure what causes it.  We had 
discussions about this with David Mills on this list some time ago, but in 
the end I simply deleted the non-European servers from my list.


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