Subject: Re: ntp problems?
To: None <>
From: William Allen Simpson <>
List: current-users
Date: 01/22/2004 12:13:10
Frederick Bruckman wrote:
> On Thu, 22 Jan 2004, Steven M. Bellovin wrote:
> > Understood.  But if the daemon is going to misbehave that badly with
> > two servers configured, what happens if one of three configured servers
> > becomes unavailable?
> Recalling your original post, the problem was that the two servers
> you'd configured were about 800mS apart. Making any decision at all
> with that information could be construed as "misbehaving". Calling
> them both bad in that situation is reasonable and correct. At least
> one of those servers is (or was) really messed up, but you need at
> least one other source of time to know which one.
Goodness gracious, it's been many years since I looked at the code, 
but my memory was that it resolved to the one closest to the current 
system time....

There's no excuse for deciding that "all" servers are wrong, and having 
no time system at all!
William Allen Simpson
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