Shippable ntp.conf files for the HOWTO

Gary E. Miller gem at
Wed Jun 8 23:50:17 UTC 2016

Yo Hal!

On Wed, 08 Jun 2016 16:13:37 -0700
Hal Murray <hmurray at> wrote:

> gem at said:
> >     # The iburst option tells ntpd to query the pool serers with
> > bursts ins= tead
> >     # of single requests.  This can yield better results to remote
> > servers.   
> Are you confusing iburst with burst?

Probably.  The official descriptions are essentially identical, and the
iburst seems a tad nicer to my eye.  But we know that reading between
the lines is not useful with NTP doc. :-(

Your suggestions?  Anyone know that piece of code?

> Is it worth describing iburst here?

Not in detail, but we should mention it is brief.  Basically to
reduce errors due to ARP and routing delays on the first packet.

I love how the iburst and burst are designed to wait for a modem
to connect.  :-)

I still often see the first ping is a lot slower than later ones.  Both
locally and remotely.

> Should we setup a FAQ for that
> sort of thing?


Gary E. Miller Rellim 109 NW Wilmington Ave., Suite E, Bend, OR 97703
	gem at  Tel:+1 541 382 8588
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