[ntp:questions] New years glitch?

David Taylor david-taylor at blueyonder.co.uk.invalid
Tue Jan 1 06:29:43 UTC 2013

On 01/01/2013 06:12, s.schaefer.at.acm at gmail.com wrote:
> I'm using [0123].ntp.pool.org with my two internet accessing NTP servers.  I missed the ball drop on new years because I was trying to figure out why Nagios was complaining about my NTP servers dropping the two internet accessing daemons and prefering each other, resulting in higher and higher strata numbers.  My first reaction was to restart all these non-internet accessing daemons, assuming they'd reset to the two internet-accessing daemons, then honor the low stratum numbers and be sane.
> Then I noticed my two internet accessing daemons were reporting that they were within milliseconds of their internet peers (multiple cnames sending them to a non-overlapping set of real servers), BUT almost exactly one second different from each other.  I first noticed this at a little after midnight, but it went away by about 00:40 - I don't have status logs to say exactly when.
> Huh?

My own plots show no glitch:


Was something sending a Leap Second flag?  You could check with my 
program here:


Recent versions of NTP should ignore a single leap-second flag, earlier 
versions may set a leap second even if only one of the upstream servers 
is indicating thus.

Happy New Year and thanks to all those who have helped me in the past!
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