[ntp:questions] Thoughts on huff and puff

David L. Mills mills at udel.edu
Tue Oct 14 04:12:36 UTC 2008


You have a very good point. Orphan mode has been around for more than a 
year and has been carefully described in the online documentation and 
snapshots. Users of the release version, which is a cherrypicked but 
incomplete extract of various fixes and improvements over the year, may 
have an entirely different understanding of the issues apparent in the 
older documentation. The bottom line is that orphan mode was conceived 
and implemented in response to a serious deficiency in the local clock 
driver scenario.


David Woolley wrote:

> David L. Mills wrote:
>> See the Association Management page, Orphan Mode section. It would be 
>> odd if the casual reader did not come away from that section with the 
> The casual reader wouldn't get to that section.  They would stop at the 
> Automatic NTP Configuration Options page, where the only advantages are 
> in terms of redundancy and single point failures, none of which being 
> advantages for the typical w32time user with a single Unix NTP gateway 
> machine.
> Actually, if they looked at 4.2.4p4, they would come away with the 
> impression that orphan mode didn't exist!
> bash-3.2$ grep -li orphan *.html
> manyopt.html
> msyslog.html
> ntp_conf.html
> release.html
> bash-3.2$
>> impression that orphan mode was always preferred over the local clock 
>> driver.

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