I have ntpd running on my server. It's all the default settings, except I commented out its ability to be a server to other machines:
# restrict -4 default kod notrap nomodify nopeer noquery # restrict -6 default kod notrap nomodify nopeer noquery restrict default ignore
If I run
ntpdate -q ntp.ubuntu.com, I'm told that my machine's clock is off by 7 seconds.
What's going on? How can I diagnose what's happening, is there a log I can turn on?
more info #1
# ntpq -np remote refid st t when poll reach delay offset jitter ============================================================================== 188.8.131.52 184.108.40.206 2 u 30 64 7 108.518 -0.136 0.361
more info #2
Here's what this looked like when I asked the question:
# ntpdate -q ntp.ubuntu.com server 220.127.116.11, stratum 2, offset 7.191308, delay 0.13310 10 Jan 20:38:09 ntpdate: step time server 18.104.22.168 offset 7.191308 sec
And here's what it looks like now, after restarting ntpd a couple times (I'm assuming that's what fixed it):
# ntpdate -q ntp.ubuntu.com server 22.214.171.124, stratum 2, offset 0.000112, delay 0.13164 10 Jan 20:47:03 ntpdate: adjust time server 126.96.36.199 offset 0.000112 sec
more info #3
I uninstalled ntp and installed openntpd and ran
/usr/sbin/ntpd -d, and I'm seeing output like this:
reply from 188.8.131.52: offset 6.715003 delay 0.041152, next query 30s reply from 184.108.40.206: offset 6.700224 delay 0.036263, next query 31s adjusting local clock by 6.734120s reply from 220.127.116.11: offset 6.708575 delay 0.035885, next query 30s reply from 18.104.22.168: offset 6.701463 delay 0.044199, next query 33s
Which to me pretty clearly indicates that I'm not able to set the time on my server (although, with regular ntp, it does seem to update sometimes...).
more info #4
My VPS provider says:
The latest kernels should not lock your system to our dom0's clock, to be on the safe side you can set xen.independent_wallclock = 1 in your sysctl.conf.
Which I suppose still does not address the issue of the VPS needing a CPU available in order to do correct timing calculations.