[ntp:questions] Wrong time after changing hardware

Richard B. Gilbert rgilbert88 at comcast.net
Tue Jul 24 21:14:47 UTC 2007

Harlan Stenn wrote:
>>>>In article <46A5F428.6050005 at comcast.net>, "Richard B. Gilbert" <rgilbert88 at comcast.net> writes:
> Richard> Steve Kostecke wrote:
>>>On 2007-07-24, Richard B. Gilbert <rgilbert88 at comcast.net> wrote:
>>>>If the drift value has not changed significantly, it would be sufficient
>>>>to simply "touch" the file to reset the date/time. Is writing a one
>>>>block file once per hour really that heavy a load on the system?
>>>Embedded systems / appliances which use flash memory are one place where
>>>writing/touching files unecessarily is a BadThing(tm).
> Richard> If it's a significant problem, perhaps ntpd should have a build
> Richard> option that disables the writing of a drift file.
> That option is already there.
> A drift file is useful, and the point you seem to be missing is that there
> is a class of users who want it written, but as infrequently as possible.
> H

Then give them a way to specify once per day, once per week, or once per 
month.  The last time I looked the choices were:
a. no drift file, or
b. a drift file updated once per hour

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