Re: [chrony-users] Chrony offset and stability adjustments?

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On Fri, 4 Jan 2019, LeBlanc, Daniel James wrote:

Hello All.


I have a number of chrony instances deployed on VMs.  In each case, they stabilize with a somewhat
stable root dispersion as reported by ‘chronyc tracking’.  I have the following questions as I have
not been able to find answers online or within the chrony documentation:


1.       I am ourcing my time from NTP servers that have a consistent root dispersion of between 1
and 2ms.  Is it possible for me to tell chrony to offset the local clock by this amount?  I have
tried the ‘offset’ setting but it does not appear to have had any affect on the root dispersion as
reported by ‘chronyc tracking’.

That dispersion of 1 or 2 ms does not mean that the clock is consistantly out
by 1 or 2 ms. It means that the time bounces around the "true time" by about
that amount. Ie, you cannot compensate for it. If you could the remote clock
would have done so.

2.       My chrony server root dispersion appears to “adjust” more readily than I would like (within
the logs, I can watch the root dispersion grow from 1ms to 1.5ms, then adjust back when it switches
to another NTP server).  Can I change a setting so that it makes adjustments much more slowly?

Again, you seem to be confused as a what the dispersion means. It is a measure
of how much the time of the remote clock bounces around the real time, not a
measure of offset. Less bouncing around is good, You would like it to be 0 and
as rapidly as possible. But as with all measurements it will never be 0.




Daniel J. LeBlanc, P.Eng., MBA, DTME | Senior Network Architect | Bell Canada


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