[ntp:questions] Re: Need ntpdate *tool* not *counselor*

Brian T. Brunner brian.t.brunner at gai-tronics.com
Wed Jun 1 18:23:40 UTC 2005

This is hopefully a more workable solution than putting rdate in cron every hour...

What is the Windows XP/{Pro|Home} equivalent to your solution?
(my master happens to be a WinXpHome box atm... JoyJoy!)

rdate returns UTC from the xp box on a query, but expects localtime 
on a set action; ergo time get *totally* screwed unless I massage the 
data and/or command string.  

I tremble at the thought that the Windows side of things can be 
configured whether to return UTC or localtime, but that I can't discern 
which it chooses to give me from the data itself... JoyJoy!

Brian Brunner
brian.t.brunner at gai-tronics.com

>>> Steve Kostecke <kostecke at ntp.isc.org> 06/01/05 01:41PM >>>
On 2005-05-31, Brian T. Brunner <brian.t.brunner at gai-tronics.com> wrote:

>> The only time that ntpdate complains about a server stratum is
>> when that time server is operating at stratum 16 because it is not
>> synchronized to anything.


> It is FAR more important that we (alarm servers) all have the same
> time, which is the Masters, than that we have the "correct" time
> which is different from the Master's time. This is why the counsel of
> ntpdate should NOT be accepted.
> So I want ntpdate to have a '-f' flag to force my time to this stratum
> 16 Master, because that's what I must accomplish.


> I'll try rdate, and consider ntp/ntpdate uselessly picky.

Here's another solution that you can use: Configure the currently
unsynchronized master to use its local clock as a ref-clock. Then the
master will be able to claim that it is synchronized to _something_ and
ntpdate will be happy.

Add this to the ntp.conf on the currently unsynchronized master:

fudge stratum 10

Keep in mind that it will take ~8 minutes for ntpd to "synchronize"
its self to the LocalCLK.

Steve Kostecke <kostecke at ntp.isc.org>
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