[ntp:questions] "ntpd -q" is slow compared to ntpdate

Unruh unruh-spam at physics.ubc.ca
Sat Oct 18 17:15:18 UTC 2008

"Richard B. Gilbert" <rgilbert88 at comcast.net> writes:

>Unruh wrote:
>> Harlan Stenn <stenn at ntp.org> writes:
>>> Please remembere that I mentioned that ntpdate is broken and has been for a
>>> long time.
>> It would probably help if you said exactly how ntpdate is broken. It is
>> obviously not broken so badly that it does not run. So what subtle issues
>> are there about ntpdate 

>I do not use ntpdate very often but, when I do, it DOES SEEM TO WORK!

>It does not, however, offer the defenses against diseased servers that 
>ntpd does.  You had better believe that there are servers out there and 
>responding to NTP queries that do not even know the correct YEAR!!!!!

But with ntpdate, the server is under your control. So this is hardly
something I would call "broken". 
Harlan insists that it is broken-- mentioned it twice-- but never said how
and why it is broken. What he calls broken may be a feature other people
never use. 

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