Subject: Re: ntp problems?
To: Frederick Bruckman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <email@example.com>
Date: 01/15/2004 17:50:41
In message <Pine.NEB.firstname.lastname@example.org>, Frederick B
>On Wed, 14 Jan 2004, Steve Bellovin wrote:
>> I upgraded to yesterday's -current; now, ntpd isn't synchronizing:
>> ntpq -c peer
>> remote refid st t when poll reach delay offset jitt
>> xraptor.research 126.96.36.199 2 u 58 64 377 17.996 -14.613 25.4
>> xhelm3017.resear 188.8.131.52 3 u 1 64 377 1.107 818.970 18.0
>> The 'x' means "falseticker" -- befor I restarted ntpd, I was 3-4 seconds off
>> with both showing the 'x'.
>> Here are the relevant lines from ntpd.conf:
>> # egrep -v '^#' /etc/ntp.conf
>> pidfile /var/run/ntpd.pid
>> driftfile /var/db/ntp.drift
>> logconfig -syncstatus
>> server raptor.research.att.com
>> server 184.108.40.206
>These last two, "broadcastclient", and "server ..." are not
>intended to be used together.
> Is there even a broadcasting server
>on your network?
Yes, of course, or I wouldn't have configured that. (For details on the
configuration, see http://www.research.att.com/~smb/papers/moat.ps --
there's a local ntpd broadcaster that I can listen to.)
<Also, two servers is not a good number to have, as
>there's no way for the daemon to know which one is correct when they
>disagree. Having only one might work better, or if your firewall
>permits it, you could add one or two instances of us.pool.ntp.org.
I've been running that way for ~3 years, of course, and never had any
problems before -- it's new to 1.6ZH.
Right now, I've switched back to one server, which seems to be working.
I can't get at any of the outside ones -- I'll have to see if there are
other internal servers I can talk to.
--Steve Bellovin, http://www.research.att.com/~smb