[ntp:questions] NTP not syncing

David Woolley david at ex.djwhome.demon.invalid
Sat Nov 2 23:43:29 UTC 2013

On 02/11/13 21:48, David Lord wrote:

> Ntpd writes to its drift file and also ntp.log. The drift file
> is critical and is used and updated at intervals by ntpd.
The drift file is an optimisation.  ntpd should work without it, but 
will take longer to acquire lock after a restart.

What would cause more problems would be a drift file that was present, 
but read-only, as ntpd would skip its frequency calibration and trust 
the frozen value in that file, then suffer wild swings as it begins to 
discover the value was wildly wrong.

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