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Old 06-12-2004, 06:00 PM   #1
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Network Time Protocol (NTP): Are you sure it's working?

A few Quick Steps for Getting NTP Up and Running

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TIP 1:

Getting NTP Working

STEP 1 (Is the current server working?):

Try issuing the following command:

$ ntpq -pn

remote refid st t when poll reach delay offset jitter
=================================================== 16 u - 64 0 0.000 0.000 4000.00

The above is an example of a problem.
Compare it to a working configuration.

$ ntpq -pn

remote refid st t when poll reach delay offset jitter
+ 2 u 107 128 377 25.642 3.350 1.012 10 l 40 64 377 0.000 0.000 0.008
+ 3 u 34 128 377 21.138 6.118 0.398
* .USNO. 1 u 110 128 377 33.694 9.533 3.534

STEP 2 (Configure the /etc/ntp.conf):

$ cat /etc/ntp.conf

# My simple client-only ntp configuration.
# ping -a shows the IP address
# which is used in the restrict below
server # local clock
fudge stratum 10
driftfile /etc/ntp/drift
restrict default ignore
restrict mask
authenticate no

STEP 3 (Configure /etc/ntp/step-tickers):

The values for server above are placed in the "/etc/ntp/step-tickers" file

cat /etc/ntp/step-tickers

STEP 4 (Restart the service and check):

Issue the restart command

/etc/init.d/ntpd restart

check the values for "ntpq -pn",
which should match step 1.

ntpq -pn

I hope this helps.


Mike Chirico


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