[ntp:questions] why is my pool server's offset so bad

Pat Farrell fishytv at pfarrell.com
Thu Jan 31 05:41:08 UTC 2008

On Wed, 30 Jan 2008 23:40:17 -0500, Richard B. Gilbert wrote:
>> But lately, the offsets are diving down. See
>> http://www.pool.ntp.org/scores/

> Sorry about that.  How about supplying some USEFUL information
> about your server!  Knowing what O/S you are running on which hardware 
> platform, what version of ntpd 

I opened it up for general queries so you can ntpq -p and see.

Its a debian Etch on a dual Xeon (intel 32) platform.
ntpd 4.2.2p4
Its got no real clocks, its just a load sharing device, getting good time
from overworked upstream ntp servers and sharing it with the world

> It might be helpful to start with the ntpq -p "banner".

Don't know what you mean by 'banner'
here is ntpq -p

pfarrell at noise:/etc$ ntpq -p 
     remote           refid      st t when poll reach   delay   offset  jitter
 ntp-2.cns.vt.ed    2 u  31h   64    0   17.908   -0.296   0.000
 ntp-4.cns.vt.ed   2 u  31h   64    0   18.567    0.637   0.000
 ancalagon.cede. .INIT.          16 u    - 1024    0    0.000    0.000   0.000
 prometheus.acm. .����.          16 u  31h   64    0    0.000    0.000   0.000
 time-b.nist.gov .ACTS.           1 u  31h   64    0   13.555    6.162   0.000

> It has been my experience that ntpd, when properly configured with good
> servers and, optionally, a good ref clock, keeps time very well indeed.

It was my experience that for four or five months, the server scored 20
constantly. Recently, not so much.

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