State of the blocker bug
Eric S. Raymond
esr at thyrsus.com
Wed Aug 16 22:57:16 UTC 2017
Hal Murray <hmurray at megapathdsl.net>:
> I think it's important to split work on this into several areas.
> The first is the simple no-DNS (and hence no-pool) case. This is the
> important case.
> How long does it take to get started when ntp.conf has 3 or 4 server slots
> specified by IP Address? The interesting case is using iburst, but we should
> probably collect data for the non-iburst case too, just for reference.
> Case two would be the same setup using DNS and a local /etc/hosts file.
> Case three would be using the pool.
We should meter all of these, yes.
However, I discagree that the no-DNS case is the important one. The vast
majority of ordinmary users go to the pool. It's the hand-tuned setups that
are the exception.
Thus, the most urgent bug right now is clawing back the performance lost in
"DNS bug fixing/cleanups". Please give that priority. Tuning the other cases
(and fixing iburst so that it's no longer a no-op) can wait.
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