[ntp:questions] Re: Linux NTP Polling

Geoff g_wynn at ozemail.com.au
Wed May 11 09:55:05 UTC 2005

Darren, many thanks.

Actually the change in time is significant, by years, not seconds.  How can
I test it is actually re-syncing if the max timeout is 1000 seconds (ok,
1000 secs is ok but is it Secs or Msecs?)  I can change the time by a few
mins to check if you think that is the better option, all I want to know is
if it is re-syncing.  I waited 1/2 hour to an hour.

No, haven't checked the system log.  In fact to sound dumb, how do I do
that?  This version of Linux is very watered down as it is on a switch.

again, thanks,


"Darren Dunham" <ddunham at redwood.taos.com> wrote in message
news:104ge.887$Y81.831 at newssvr21.news.prodigy.com...
> Geoff <g_wynn at ozemail.com.au> wrote:
> > Hello,
> > I have a Linux based switch that I need to have syncronise with an NTP
> > server.  It WILL sync on startup and the time/date is correct but if the
> > time source is changed (date time change) the Linux Switch does not
> > it's time to reflect.
> How big of a change?  NTP is supposed to keep systems in sync, not
> propogate large changes quickly.
> > The NTPD Daemon is supposed to (I am told) do this automatically but
> > it does not.
> How long did you wait?  Were there any messages in the system log?  What
> does ntpq -p show?
> The changes should propogate eventually unless you leave the 1000s
> sanity boundary.  If you do that, ntpd will assuming something is very
> wrong and exit.
> > I have set-up in /etc the ntp.conf file with an ip address of the NTP
> > source and also in /etc/ntp/step-tickers the same ip address.  Now as I
> > this appears to sync upon boot-up when the Daemon first starts but never
> > again.
> > I need to know how to make this switch Poll the NTP Server to maintain
> > with it.  It does not seem to be polling for the time source after
> > sync.
> show 'ntpq -p' output.
> -- 
> Darren Dunham                                           ddunham at taos.com
> Senior Technical Consultant         TAOS            http://www.taos.com/
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