ntpdate into cron seems to be no longer a good idea.
What is an
- environmental friendly ;-)
way of keeping a (debian) server's time clock up to date?
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This allows a burst of packets to be sent which will get your time synced quicker.
If you ever need to have something wait for time sync before proceeding, run
Couldn't you just set ntpd to start at boot as suggested on the mailing list? That's what I've been doing for as long as I can remember.