[ntp:questions] offset > .5 second. What does this mean?

nicough at gmail.com nicough at gmail.com
Mon Oct 30 08:39:58 UTC 2006

Can someone clarify for me whether "offset" in the NTP world, is
talking about:

(a) The difference in time between the incorrect time on a local
server, and the correct time on a correct NTP server.
(b) The time delay (caused by latency etc) to receive the correct time
from an NTP server. Ie By the time the local server receives the
"correct time", this "correct time" value is now slightly old.

Remembering that eventlog regularly says "Time set (offset > .5
and initially (once) said "Time service corrected the clock error by 63


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