[blfs-support] ntp

Roger Koehler roger.o.koehler at gmail.com
Fri Dec 30 18:40:27 PST 2016

On Fri, Dec 30, 2016 at 7:36 PM, Ken Moffat <zarniwhoop at ntlworld.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 22, 2016 at 04:17:03PM -0700, Roger Koehler wrote:
>> >
>> > On the http://www.pool.ntp.org/en/use.html website, it states:
>> >
>> > "Make sure your computer's clock is set to something sensible (within
>> > a few minutes of the 'true' time) - you could use ntpdate
>> > pool.ntp.org." I'll try adding that to init.d/ntpd.
>> It worked! I just put this line above the line that starts the daemon.
>> It takes about 6 seconds instead of several minutes. Note: From this
>> same website it says, "[synchronization can] take as long as half an
>> hour!". When your clock comes up at Dec. 31, 1969, this is not an
>> option!
>> To the editors: I would recommend that you add this line (ntpdate
>> <***EDITME***pool.ntp.org***EDITME***>) above the line that starts the
>> daemon in init.d/ntpd. You could probably leave off the ***EDITME***
>> since this should work from any location that has external internet
>> access.
> Late reply (I've been offline for a bit over a week - hardware
> failures in both what is effectively the router and also in one of
> my switches) - so what happens if there is no internet for some
> reason ?  Does ntpdate time out in a short time (like dhclient and
> nfs mounts) ?

Not sure. I'll have to try that and get back to you.

> And can I suggest that you invest in a new battery for that
> motherboard ?

Not a hardware problem. Older kernel's work fine.

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