[ntp:questions] shouldn't "preempt" always be used with public pool servers?

Steve Kostecke kostecke at ntp.org
Sun Mar 27 17:12:06 UTC 2011

On 2011-03-25, Florin Andrei <florin at andrei.myip.org> wrote:

> Unless "preempt" means "on error, abandon forever that entry in ntp.conf 
> and rely on the other server entries instead" - in which case this would 
> be a bad strategy after a long time. The man page is unclear whether any 
> retry is performed on error with preempt.

The official NTP Reference Snapshot documentation is maintained and
released as HTML. All currently extant man-pages are unsupported 3rd
party conversions.

An explanation of "preempt" man be found at:

* http://doc.ntp.org/4.2.6p3/assoc.html#modes - Current stable release

* http://www.eecis.udel.edu/~mills/ntp/html/assoc.html#modes -
Development releases

Use of "preempt" is documented at:

* http://doc.ntp.org/4.2.6p3/confopt.html - Current stable release

* http://www.eecis.udel.edu/~mills/ntp/html/confopt.html - Development

The documentation may also be found in the ./HTML directory for your
version of NTP.

The preempt option was discussed in the comp.protocols.time.ntp Usenet
newsgroup in November, 2006. This discussion thread is archived at

Steve Kostecke <kostecke at ntp.org>
NTP Public Services Project - http://support.ntp.org/

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