[ntp:questions] Embedded Linux NTP system -500 drift

Richard B. gilbert rgilbert88 at comcast.net
Sat Mar 24 14:45:55 UTC 2007

Cliff wrote:
> I'm using a Linux based firewall with a built-in NTP server AND
> client. My conf file is basic (settings are restricted by the GUI on
> the device):
> FILE:/etc/config/ntp.conf MODE:644 ID:0,0
> server
> server
> server
> server
> driftfile /etc/config/ntp.drift
> pidfile /var/run/ntpd.pid
> I have clients successfully connect to this firewall and sync their
> time... but the device itself (for the past few weeks) has -500 in the
> ntp.drift file. I've tried deleting the ntp.drift file and it gets
> recreated but always ends up at -500. Could the firewall have a bad
> clock chip, does that question even make sense :-)
> Thanks for any ideas! The firewall manufacturer wasn't able to help
> much.
> Cliff.

SOMEBODY has a really bad clock.  My guess would be the firewall.

If the vendor gives you no satisfaction, perhaps you should post the 
details: Vendor name, model, etc.

For timekeeping purposes, I'd suggest using one of your computers as a 
timeserver and letting the firewall be only a firewall.

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