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Re: [SLE] Sync'in Time.
  • From: Volker Kuhlmann <kuhlmav@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 01 May 2001 16:17:54 +1200 (NZST)
  • Message-id: <200105010417.QAA11228@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Volker and Steven,
> Thanks for the tip! Can either of you advice me on how to configure xntp to
> sync the time on a regular basis? I can't seem to find any useful tips on
> configuration.

It's in a set of HTML manuals, but canbe a bit of a pain to understand
(well, it was for me).

Edit /etc/ntp.conf

It should contain

server # local clock (LCL)
fudge stratum 10 # LCL is unsynchronized

(though I think that should be stratum 15, I think there was some trouble
with that years ago and it should make no practical difference)

Then you need to find a time server. If you don't know of one nearby,
try any of

## ***stratum 1***
## ***stratum 2***

xntpd will sync to all configured servers, but have a primary lock on
the one with the lowest stratum number and the lowest jitter.

Use ntpdate -q to find out whether anything is available, you may also
have to use -u with it depending on your network setup. If ntpdate returns
a stratum 0, it means the time server isn't one, or your firewall is
blocking the ntp port, or a timeserver runs old software on VMS which is
compatible with NTP version 3, and should be compatible with NTP version
4 but isn't (don't laugh, I have that here).

On top of that, you can play with logging, but there doesn't seem to be
much benefit in that (other than for checking time errors).

Once the daemon is running, get its status with ntpq -c pe. The 3rd
column is the current stratum number for each server, 16 means N/A,
it doesn't get better than 1.


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