Mon, 25 Feb 2002 12:02:29 -0800
On Sun, Feb 24, 2002 at 09:56:11PM -0500, Scott Harrison wrote:
> Dear Lars:
> > I guess ntp.msu.edu doesn't accept requests
> > from us.
Not necessarily. At SFU we block connections to port 123 (ntp) from
everywhere except a few selected time servers. Thus, it is actually the
other way round: We are not accepting connections from ntp.msu.edu.
> I have been using ntp.msu.edu from remote locations without problem.
> > To fix this I replaced in /etc/ntp.conf the line ntp.msu.edu
> The line in ntp.conf should read (CVS:loncom/ntp.conf):
> server ntp.msu.edu
> The line in /etc/step-tickers should read (CVS:loncom/ntp/step-tickers):
> > with several lines of time servers that work for us. My question is
> > whether this will fix the problem?
> To test whether a time server works for you, do this command:
> /usr/sbin/ntpdate -b ntp.msu.edu
> and see if anything happens.
ntpdate will tell you whether the specified time server serves time to you.
It will also initialize the clock. It will actually not tell you, whether
ntpd will use that time server. I have seen many ntp daemons that quite
happily bind to themselves (127.0.0.1), which will work ok for a few days
but not in the long run. To prevent that from happening you can put a line
restrict 127.0.0.1 notrust
To check whether ntpd is working correctly on your box execute the command
(you don't even have to be root for this).
You should see something like
remote refid st t when poll reach delay offset jitter
+whistler.sfu.ca tick.usno.navy. 2 u 309 512 377 1.342 7.318 0.096
*seymour.sfu.ca clock.isc.org 2 u 315 512 377 2.993 -0.151 0.548
morgoth.sfu.ca 0.0.0.0 16 u - 64 0 0.000 0.000 4000.00
+rm-rstar.sfu.ca tock.usno.navy. 2 u 364 512 377 3.648 5.072 0.194
Look at the st column (stratum). If it shows 16 for a particular time server,
it basically tells you that ntpd is not excepting time from that server (for
whatever reason). If you see only "16" in the st column, ntpd is not working
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