[ntp:questions] Re: NTP for dummies

john h "jf)hawk.nospam" at yahoo.com
Thu Oct 6 02:52:55 UTC 2005

Hooray for your email. I have precisely the same problems. I don't want to
build a watch, I just want to know what time it is. I have a GPS time source
and want it to synchronize my bag of 15 computers consisting of several
flavors of RedHat Linux, win 98, win NT 4, win2000 winxp.
I got win xp working all I had to do was give it the ip address of my
timesource. but Linux!!! i still don't understand. I can get ntp started but
it refuses to sync and  I never see my systems time match that of my stratum
1 timeserver

Thanks to your respondants I have renewed hope that my head will recover.

"Cam" <camfarnell at cogeco.ca> wrote in message
news:433CC6BF.80905 at cogeco.ca...
> Hello list,
> I've been alternately reading the NTP documentation and banging my head
> on the desk, so please excuse any intemperance and/or incoherence.
> I'm glad my car's manual wasn't written by the same people who wrote the
> NTP documentation or it would start with an exhaustive treatment of the
> carnot cycle and then roar off into advanced thermodynamics when all I
> wanted to know was how often to change the d**n oil. Pauses to bang head
> on desk several more times. Apparently the idea of starting with simple
> examples ("hello world") and working up to complex examples ("program to
> prove the four-color theorem") didn't occur to them; they want to prove
> the theorem right away.
> But I digress. I have a computer, lets call it MASTER, which has time of
> day that I'm happy with. I have a bunch of other computers, all on the
> same subnet, and I want them to set their clocks to match MASTER. That's
> it. Sounds like the making of a real simple example. I believe this can
> be done because the NTP pages make reference to an "Undisciplined Local
> Clock" but as with all the documentation it assumes you are already an
> expert so no simple example is given. Whack whack.
> So, finally, the question is: Does anybody have a link to a web page
> that gives some simple examples (eg "to sync from machine do
> this", "to setup a local undiciplined server do that")? If so it would
> be greatly appreciated.
> Thanks
> Cam Farnell
> ps I've already R'd the F'ing M or at least made a serious attempt at
> it. I don't want to know every arcane detail of NTP in the known
> universe; I want to set up a *really* simple system.
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