From: Kenn Humborg (kenn at domain bluetree.ie)
Date: Fri 26 May 2000 - 16:41:28 IST
> John P. Looney (Kate) hath declared on Friday the 26 day of May 2000 :-:
> > On Thu, May 25, 2000 at 07:24:06PM +0100, Philip Reynolds mentioned:
> > > :> Any idea what I have to put into step-tickers to get it to work ? I
> > > :>*think* it's just an NTP server but...
> > > :>
> > > ntpdate takes ntp servers as it arguments
> > > 1 or more. Just basically stick in your list of ntp servers
> separated by a
> > > space.
> > WTF has "step-tickers" got to do with NTP hosts ?
xntpd tries to gradually adjust the clock towards
real time to avoid stepping the system clock, and
is very reluctant to step time backwards, to minimize
the effect on any time-dependent stuff.
However, when you're just after booting the machine,
steps in the system clock are not as undesirable, so
we use ntpdate to "step" the clock to within a second
of real time, to make life easier for xntpd when it
And, since ntpdate uses NTP to get the time, the best
thing to put in step-tickers is a list of your NTP
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