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◅ Q?: NTP vs NIST ACTS

can I run ntp just to coordinate the time between machines? ▻

Why does anyone care about leap seconds?

In article <4igst2$je9@agate.berkeley.edu>,
Nick Kralevich <nickkral@america.CS.Berkeley.EDU> wrote:
>Honestly, I can't understand why it's that big of a deal.  After
>all, it was only a second, and I can't see why anyone should care
>about it.

Here on comp.protocols.time.ntp, we care about *micro*seconds. :-)

Seriously, the point of NTP is to keep a computer's clock synchronized
to Universal Time [Coordinated] or UTC.  The definition of UTC
involves leap seconds, so for NTP to do its job, it must deal with
them correctly.

There are lots of places on the Internet to look for more information
on leap seconds, UTC, UT1, and friends.  A gentle introduction is

    http://community.bellcore.com/mbr/gmt-explained.html

Tim.
--
Tim Goodwin   | "Those who will not study history are
Cambridge, UK | doomed to debug it." -- Barry Shein

Original headers:

From: tim@pipex.net (Tim Goodwin)
Newsgroups: comp.protocols.time.ntp
Subject: Re: Why does anyone care about leap seconds?
Date: 18 Mar 1996 15:54:43 GMT
Organization: Unipalm PIPEX
Message-ID: <4ik103$1n6@wave.news.pipex.net>
References: <4igst2$je9@agate.berkeley.edu>

△ comp.protocols.time.ntp △

◅ Q?: NTP vs NIST ACTS

can I run ntp just to coordinate the time between machines? ▻