ntpd on FreeBSD

Freminlins freminlins at gmail.com
Fri Jul 28 09:20:19 UTC 2006


After a power outaga (Level 3 at Goswell Road, London), all our FreeBSD
machines came up OK.

Nearly all of them had a problem though with ntpd. I'm guessing that most of
these machines booted before the the ntp servers came up. What happens is
that the machine runs two copies of ntpd:

root       337  0.0  0.3  2964  1772  ??  Ss   Sun04PM
0:24.75/usr/sbin/ntpd -c /etc/ntp.conf -p /var/run/ntpd.pid
root       427  0.0  0.3  2964  1788  ??  S    Sun04PM
0:00.76/usr/sbin/ntpd -c /etc/ntp.conf -p /var/run/ntpd.pid

... and they never sync. The only way to fix this is to kill both ntpds,
then restart ntpd.

Is there a tidy way round this? It's not much fun logging into 40+ machines
and killing a restarting a key process. I have no idea why two ntpds are
running in the first place. The machines that are correct have an identical


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