[ntp:questions] prefer keyword and server failover

David Woolley david at ex.djwhome.demon.co.uk.invalid
Sun Apr 27 19:11:23 UTC 2008

Richard B. Gilbert wrote:

> Sort of!  Two servers is generally a poor choice.  If they differ, as 
> they inevitably will, which one should you believe?  'Prefer' will tell 

If they differ enough for voting to apply, both will be rejected.  If 
they are mutually true chimers and you don't use prefer, ntpd will use a 
combination of the time from both of them.

> your client which one to believe but with a couple more servers ntpd 
> should be able to figure out which one is closest to being correct!

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