Recommended Number of NTP Servers

Richard Laager rlaager at
Mon Nov 4 10:52:49 UTC 2019

On 11/4/19 4:32 AM, Hal Murray wrote:
> The pool entries shouldn't be counted as servers.

Can you expand on the meaning of "should" here? Are you saying what you
think the current state is, or what you think the desired state is?

The current state is definitely that pool entries count towards
maxclock. I have a number of systems with "tos maxclock 11" set
explicitly and their steady state is 4 pool entries and 7 actual

I don't like the pool entries being counted, but they are. If you want
to change that, I won't object, but that does come with compatibility
concerns (backwards, forwards, and with NTP Classic) for ntp.conf.


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