[ntp:questions] Re: Solairs 8 xntpd client oscillates
Richard B. Gilbert
rgilbert88 at comcast.net
Mon May 8 20:45:29 UTC 2006
Joachim Schrod wrote:
> Richard B. Gilbert wrote:
>> Sun's xntpd is about ten years behind the times. Download the current
>> production version of the NTP distribution from
> I tried to avoid that because it would place ntpd outside the normal
> patch process. Therefore I googled before I posted and checked if I
> could find known problems with Sun's xntpd. I didn't found any
> mentioning of an oscillation problem.
> It was just mentioned that Solaris 8 always slews the clock and "disable
> pll" was recommended. (That did not help, as mentioned.) As far as I
> understand, the behaviour at my system might be due to a too large
> frequency error. Would the update to a current ntp version really help
> in that case?
Upgrading to the current version of ntpd might not solve your problem.
OTOH, we can't really support Sun's ten year old software here.
I would suggest that you download the current version, build it, and
install it in /opt/local. That will leave Suns version intact and, in
the unlikely event that Sun issues a patch for their version, you will
be able to apply it with no difficulty. Copy /etc/init.d/xntpd to
/etc/init.d/xntpd.original and then edt /etc/init.d/xntpd to use the
version in /opt/local.
Alternatively, you could ask Sun for support (and pay for it).
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