[ntp:questions] NTP not syncing

Antonio Marcheselli puppa at me.la
Sun Nov 3 01:30:19 UTC 2013

> My guess is you're not meant to do it that way but then I'm
> no expert at configuring debian.

As pointed out by John, it's how the manufacturer implemented the system.

> Are you completely unable to resolve ip address to hostname
> eg.
>      $ host
> domain name pointer dir.mcc.ac.uk.

Yes, I get a timeout.

Sorry but I can't really amend network settings. The network on this 
machine is being used for critical secure packages and anything wrong 
would have bitter consequences.

I appreciate that using pools would be better but in my case I'm happy 
with just the IP numbers. If/when the servers go offline I'll change the 

But thanks for your input anyway

> You also probably need to stop ntpd if it's not synced with
> a low offset of a few ms, delete the driftfile, run ntpdate
> then restart ntpd.

Which I did an hour-ish ago.

Stopped ntpd, deleted drift file, amended configuration as you suggested 
as below:

     server iburst
     server iburst
     server iburst
     restrict mask nomodify
     tos orphan 6
     driftfile /status/etc/ntp/ntp.drift
     logfile /var/log/ntp.log
     broadcastdelay 0.008
     enable monitor

Now after just an hour the drift is -30, and all offsets are near zero.

Same server, same network, what happened??


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