[ntp:questions] Re: min g option in ntp.conf

Richard B. Gilbert rgilbert88 at comcast.net
Tue Jul 4 13:26:47 UTC 2006

Frans Grotepass wrote:

> On Tuesday 04 July 2006 14:05, Richard B. Gilbert wrote:
>>Frans Grotepass wrote:
>>>Is it possible to change the ntp.conf to include similar functionality to
>>>the -g option?
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>>It's almost certainly possible!
> That is what I thought
>>Why do you believe that doing so would 
>>be a wise use of scarce resources?
> I don't understand your question. The -g option will make the clock skip to 
> the server time if it is off by a large amount. We build embedded systems 
> that are shipped around the world. They include an ntp client that will 
> synchronize with a server. If the internal clock is way off, NTP simply dies 
> if -g is not used. With -g the startup does one jump and from there, 
> continues with clockskew. How does this hamper my resources?
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It uses the developer's time!   They are all unpaid volunteers, working 
in their spare time.  While you might find such a feature useful, most 
would not.

If you want to start ntpd with the -g option and lack a CLI to do it 
with, you could patch the code yourself.  I believe it would be far 
simpler to make the code believe it had found a -g in the startup 
command than to make it parse ntp.conf to find the option.

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