ntp init script

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Tue Aug 24 18:12:04 PDT 2010

Dan Nicholson wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 3:30 PM, Jeremy Huntwork
> <jhuntwork at lightcubesolutions.com> wrote:
>> On 8/23/10 6:10 PM, Bruce Dubbs wrote:
>>> What if the ntp server provided is down like in the 2nd entry above?
>> Or (for who knows what reason) outgoing ICMP packets are blocked where
>> you have no control?
>>> This problem is not easily solved.
>> Understood and agreed. Again, I think that initial set of the date
>> shouldn't be part of the bootscript.
> It's definitely not necessary and slows down the boot even when the
> network is immediately available. ntpd will slew the time back into
> sync without forcing an inital sync and will respond to the network
> becoming available if it's not initially there.

If the system time is too far off the network time, then ntpd just 
exits.  This can happen easily if the hwclock is set to utc and 
/etc/sysconfig/clock is not (or vice versa).

Perhaps a paragraph discussing the this would be appropriate in the ntp 
  'Synchronizing the Time' section.

   -- Bruce

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