[ntp:questions] NTP not synchronizing to server

Per Hedeland per at hedeland.org
Sun Jan 7 15:40:43 UTC 2007

In article <VbWdna_AErOHmD3YnZ2dnUVZ_uOmnZ2d at comcast.com> "Richard
B. Gilbert" <rgilbert88 at comcast.net> writes:
>If you MUST serve your local clock, "fudge" it to stratum 10 like this:
># Declare the local clock to be the clock of last resort.
># It will be used to serve time in the absence of any other.
>server              # Local clock, unit 0
>fudge stratum 10

Agreed (but probably not useful if the server is w32time or whatever
it's called).

>Your client does not believe the server because the server is serving an 
>unsychronized local clock that has NEVER been synchronized.

The client has no way of knowing that, at most it can tell that the
server is using a particular kind of refclock - it could even be a
perfectly "NTP-legitimate" setup if the local clock is disciplined by
some other means.

I.e. in general, it works just fine to use NTP to synchronize against a
server that only has its local clock as reference (the quality of the
time is another thing) - according to the docs it's even "the intended
use" for the LOCAL refclock, and of course it's quite commonly done. The
problem here is with the server (non-)implementation.

--Per Hedeland
per at hedeland.org

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