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

David Woolley david at ex.djwhome.demon.co.uk.invalid
Mon Oct 20 07:05:46 UTC 2008

Harlan Stenn wrote:
> By my read and understanding of the RFC, SNTP as a protocol is designed to
> be used to set the time once, quickly, and ordinarily would not have an
> attached refclock (and therefore would not be a long-running daemon).
It's a protocol for performing isolated reads.  It doesn't preclude the 
application using it from actually making multiple reads, and typical 
applications do make periodic reads.  It also doesn't preclude 
intelligent combination of the results of multiple reads.

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