[ntp:questions] ntpd sets clock to the year 1939
stenn at ntp.isc.org
Tue Mar 27 21:05:35 UTC 2007
If you do not like the X year limit at startup I recommend you lobby for
something more to your liking.
I think there are 2 places to lobby:
- The IETF NTP WG
I believe Dave's point is that this is trivial to work around - one sets the
initial date to be either somewhere between the time the executable was
compiled and X years *later* - then ntpd starts up and sets the date
correctly. In fact, it will do that for the next X+60ish (unless it's
I would *love* to see the spec include a flag (could be the stratum, could
be something else) that says "The date you are being given is not X.Y
(seconds and fractions of seconds), but is X (all seconds)". This will, I
believe, solve the problem without making the packets bigger.
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