CrossNodes: Keeping Accurate Time on Linux
Jan 30, 2004, 08:30 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Keeping accurate, synchronized time across your network is
important for all sorts of reasons: for accurate time stamps in
logs, for ensuring that processes run on time, and also for
applications that depend on keeping good time. Fortunately, it
doesn't have to be a difficult process to manage, as ntpd, the NTP
(network time protocol) daemon, can do all the work for you.
"Typically, with ntpd you can 'set it and forget it. The hard
part is wading through the documentation and finding the bits that
tell you how to implement and configure it, and what programs and
configuration files you'll need. You know the old cliché
about asking the time and being told how to build a watch? I think
the NTP project may have inspired it.
"In this article we'll cover how to set up a local time server
on a LAN, without discussing the protocol itself at all, even
though it is very cool. Instead, we shall stay focused on telling
the time, not on building a watch..."