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

Richard B. Gilbert rgilbert88 at comcast.net
Mon Oct 30 14:12:17 UTC 2006

nicough at gmail.com wrote:

> 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.
> or
> (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
> second)"
> and initially (once) said "Time service corrected the clock error by 63
> seconds".
> Thanks
> Nick

Offset refers to the difference between the local clock and the server's 

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