I run a cron job on all my machines at varying times between midnight and 1 am that updates the system clock via NTP. I've noticed that the drift on my machines is usually between 2-4 seconds, which I guess isn't too bad, but when you stop to think about it, if I wasn't updating via NTP every day, then after a month I would be nearly a minute off.
Not to mention running at securelevel 2+ caps time changes at 1 second.
So, is there some sysctl that can be set to tune the clock ticks?
I did a quick google search that didn't yield much too promising (then again I'm on the brink of passing out from lack of sleep). Any help would greatly be appreciated, as I would like to bump up the securelevel to 3 once my firewall rules are in place and thoroughly tested.
kern.timecounter.tick: 1 kern.timecounter.choice: TSC(-100) ACPI-fast(1000) i8254(0) dummy(-1000000) kern.timecounter.hardware: ACPI-fast kern.timecounter.nsetclock: 4 kern.timecounter.ngetmicrotime: 4239525 kern.timecounter.ngetnanotime: 1 kern.timecounter.ngetbintime: 0 kern.timecounter.ngetmicrouptime: 1846524 kern.timecounter.ngetnanouptime: 1902 kern.timecounter.ngetbinuptime: 18796 kern.timecounter.nmicrotime: 756286 kern.timecounter.nnanotime: 115 kern.timecounter.nbintime: 756427 kern.timecounter.nmicrouptime: 66335 kern.timecounter.nnanouptime: 3 kern.timecounter.nbinuptime: 950632 kern.timecounter.stepwarnings: 0 kern.timecounter.tc.i8254.mask: 65535 kern.timecounter.tc.i8254.counter: 35499 kern.timecounter.tc.i8254.frequency: 1193182 kern.timecounter.tc.i8254.quality: 0 kern.timecounter.tc.ACPI-fast.mask: 16777215 kern.timecounter.tc.ACPI-fast.counter: 3199901 kern.timecounter.tc.ACPI-fast.frequency: 3579545 kern.timecounter.tc.ACPI-fast.quality: 1000 kern.timecounter.tc.TSC.mask: 4294967295 kern.timecounter.tc.TSC.counter: 1817965752 kern.timecounter.tc.TSC.frequency: 1041000000 kern.timecounter.tc.TSC.quality: -100 kern.timecounter.smp_tsc: 0
Timecounter "i8254" frequency 1193182 Hz quality 0 Timecounter "ACPI-fast" frequency 3579545 Hz quality 1000 Timecounters tick every 1.000 msec
I guess an option could be instead of running the cron job to update the clock once a day, I do it 4 times a day (so the changes should be < 1 second each time). But I'd prefer to fix this little issue.
Also, forgot to mention, don't know if the clock is fast of slow. Here's a sample output:
17 Jun 00:31:00 ntpdate: ntpdate 4.2.0-a Tue Jun 10 13:05:26 MST 2008 (1) 17 Jun 00:31:03 ntpdate: step time server 18.104.22.168 offset 1.870777 sec
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Last edited by cajunman4life; 17th June 2008 at 07:46 AM.
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