[ntp:questions] drift value very large and very unstable
Richard B. Gilbert
rgilbert88 at comcast.net
Wed Mar 12 13:38:58 UTC 2008
David Woolley wrote:
> Richard B. Gilbert wrote:
>> Anybody who runs a "packaged" configuration deserves whatever happens
>> to him. Windows comes configured to use time.windows.com. AFAIK that's
> Most people run packaged systems these days. When they go wrong, they
> will not RTFM, or ask the packager. They come here, instead. It's part
> of the modern, instant gratification, culture.
And some heartless person, like me, will provide a link and tell them to
go RTFM. Or maybe I'll just tell them that "google is your friend"!
> Note that packaging can still leave the choice of servers to the user,
> but the user will normally just substitute the things that he
> understands, like server names, and leave the rest untouched, even if it
> is a one size fits all configuration that is poor for almost all users.
> Users will not analyze how the file works.
And that class of user may never notice, or care, that his clock is off
by 27 seconds.
I first started using NTP when I noticed that none of the systems I was
responible for were closer to the correct time than five minutes.
Indeed, one otherwise well behaved system was off by 11 hours!
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