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Re: ntp 4.2.0 in experimental

On Monday 16 February 2004 13.13, Goswin von Brederlow wrote:

> 100 sounds more spread out. 

110 right now, minus a few which currently are detected as unreachable or 
falseticker by the 5 monitoring servers in place.

> I still would like some mechanism to 
> choose more local servers but hey, solutions for a small planet. :)

Well, some continental and country subzones are in place (europe.pool.ntp.org, 
ch.pool.ntp.org), but not all (there's no africa.pool.ntp.org, no 
south-america.pool.ntp.org, and lots of countries are missing.

I'd like to insert the missing zones as aliases of a nearby, or of the global 
zone at soem time in the future to make autoconfiguration possible, but, 
well, you know how few hours a day has...

> But won't it be a problem if the timeserver is changing with every dns
> call? Does ntp lookup the IP only once and keeps using that till its
> restarted?

DNS lookup is only done at start up. The biggest problem right now is an NTP 
server disappearung - ntp clients won't try to find another one. Supporting 
DNS round robin server pools by upstream has been briefly discussed, but 
nobody stepped forward to implement it so far.

-- vbi

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