[ntp:questions] Offset is Slowly Increasing Over Time

Richard B. gilbert rgilbert88 at comcast.net
Wed Mar 28 12:57:59 UTC 2007

Jason C. Wells wrote:
> If the dispersion on a client machine is spiking at 8 seconds does that 
> indicate that my NTP server wants to be a rodeo cowboy?  But seriously...
> I gathered up the loop and peer stats per the FAQ, posted here:
> http://www.stradamotorsports.com/~jcw/NTP_Stats.xls
> If I restart all the NTP processes on my network I can get my clocks to 
> sync for a while.  At some later time the offset creeps up to over one 
> second and the clients will reject my server.
> The dispersion graph is interesting.  The offset doesn't seem to 
> misbehave in a pattern resembling dispersion.
> About the only thing that I can tell from the graphs is that they are 
> pretty.  I was hoping that some good natured soul would look at them and 
> say, "Here's your problem."
> My local NTP server syncs with my ISP just fine.
> Thanks,
> Jason C. Wells

Dispersion is the accumulated error between the root (atomic clock 
somewhere) and your server.  A value of eight seconds indicates a 
complete and total disaster!  Eight milliseconds would be extremely 
worrisome!   Eight microseconds maybe?

If the graphs are pretty, how about if you draw them and post them on a 
web site somewhere.  Downloading your loopstats file and graphing them 
locally is too much like work.

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