MikeM zlists at mgm51.com
Thu Feb 26 07:24:26 PST 2004

On 2/25/2004 at 3:11 PM Henning, Brian wrote:

|ntpq -c peer
|     remote           refid      st t when poll reach   delay   offset
|+time.nist.gov   .ACTS.           1 u   26   64  377   51.856  -41.364
|*timekeeper.isi. .GPS.            1 u   27   64  377   64.875  -25.463
|I am assuming this is what you mean.
|It looks like it is working.

That's working fine.  ntp takes some time to fully "discipline" your local
clock.  You may even see "synchronization lost" messages in your log file
for up to a week.  The ntp.drift file takes up to a couple of hours to
appear.  The "unparsable" message is OK for new instances of the ntp.drift
file.  I usually install ntpd, then touch the ntp.drift file.

So long as the "reach" column shows 377, you are synch'd up and working.
The "reach" column starts at 1 and counts up to 377.  

One suggestion, though.  Do not use stratum 1 servers as your source, they
are over-busy.  Use stratum 2 servers instead. Look here for some guidance
on this topic:

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