Proper Method of Time Sync?

jdow jdow at
Sat Apr 15 00:04:37 UTC 2006

From: "RW" <list-freebsd-2004 at>

> On Friday 14 April 2006 16:53, Dan Nelson wrote:
>> ntpd takes a while to sync up and by default won't adjust the clock if
>> it's more than 1000 seconds off, so it's a good idea to enable ntpdate
>> as well. 
> What bothers me about that is that ntpdate uses a single server to determine 
> the time. I can't recall the reference, but I recently read a "horror story" 
> where someone synched off a timeserver  that had been set to 2038 for testing 
> purposes.

Feed it several server names and try it. Use the -q option so it will not
attempt to modify time and the -v option to see what it does in more


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