[ntp:questions] NTPd is not sync for some poll interval values

Richard B. Gilbert rgilbert88 at comcast.net
Thu Feb 19 20:43:19 UTC 2009

Gaurav Narain Mathur wrote:
>> From: unruh-spam at physics.ubc.ca
>> To: questions at lists.ntp.org
>> Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2009 14:18:09 +0000
>> Subject: Re: [ntp:questions] NTPd is not sync for some poll interval values
>> narainmg at hotmail.com (Gaurav Narain Mathur) writes:
>>> I have a problem where the NTPd would not sync the time with the
>>> timeserver ( if minpoll value is 7 and maxpoll is 8. It works
>>> if the  minpoll is 4 maxpoll is 5. Can anybody please help me out in
>>> identifying what the problem could be? The "flash" never becomes
>>> "0" I think. Also another host on the same subnet sync with the same
>>> poll values and with the same server (
>> Your offset its too large. Use ntpd -g to have it get rid of the large
>> offset initially.
> Thanks,. I'll try that. What puzzled me most was that a machine on the
> same subnet, syncing with the same time server and with the same initial
> time as the one I am working with syncs ok. The machine I am interested
> in does not.
> Digging in a little deeper, I have found that this might have something
> to do with the routine precision values calculated on the two machines.
> In the one where the minpoll and maxpoll of 7 and 8 work, the precision
> is almost always calculated between 1-5 usec. The one I am working with
> calculates the precision between 70-80 usec. I think this skews the
> peer_unfit calculation to always be above the threshold value and the
> peer is never deemed fit in my machine.

I think you are confusing precision with accuracy!  Precision is the 
smallest possible time change in two consecutive readings of the clock. 
  It's usually expressed as a negative power of two.  On the Sun SPARC 
platform running the Solaris O/S, precision is -21.

Accuracy is the difference between the time on your machine and the 
atomic clock at the root of the NTP tree.

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