[ntp:questions] Ginormous offset and slow convergance

Miguel Gonçalves mail at miguelgoncalves.com
Wed Nov 30 16:39:40 UTC 2011

On 30/11/2011, at 15:41, Pete Ashdown <pashdown at xmission.com> wrote:

> David Woolley <david at ex.djwhome.demon.invalid> writes:
>> Richard B. Gilbert wrote:
>>> On 11/29/2011 1:42 PM, Pete Ashdown wrote:
>>>> +time-C.timefreq .ACTS.           1 u   19   64  377   37.887  
>>>> -16011.   0.122
>>>> Is there anything I can do to decrease the convergence time?
>>> Little or nothing!  NTPD can, and sometimes does, take ten hours to 
>>> reach "steady state".  It needs about thirty minutes to find a 
>> 16 second excursions are not the result of ntpd convergence delays. 
>> They indicate something seriously broken.  Possibly something else is 
>> trying to set the time.
> Thanks for the pointer David.  I added the local hardware clock (
> to the ntp.conf and that nailed it down.  Now my convergence is under a
> minute!

Isn't this a Bad Idea? I mean, adding

In none of my 3 stratum 1 servers I have this driver and they work fine. One of them is an Oncore UT+. The others are a Garmin 18 LVC and a Sure board.

NTP gurus, what's your opinion?


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