conf/143637: ntpdate support for ntp-servers supplied by dhcp [PATCH]

Erik Norgaard norgaard at
Sun Feb 7 10:40:01 UTC 2010

>Number:         143637
>Category:       conf
>Synopsis:       ntpdate support for ntp-servers supplied by dhcp [PATCH]
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       low
>Responsible:    freebsd-bugs
>State:          open
>Class:          update
>Submitter-Id:   current-users
>Arrival-Date:   Sun Feb 07 10:40:00 UTC 2010
>Originator:     Erik Norgaard
>Release:        FreeBSD 8.0-STABLE
FreeBSD 8.0-STABLE FreeBSD 8.0-STABLE #0: Mon Feb  1 09:30:59 CET 2010     norgaard at  i386

The rc script, /etc/rc.d/ntpdate does not support configuring ntp servers with the dhcp option ntp-servers. When the option ntp-servers is configured in dhcpd.conf, this is supplied to the client and stored in the kernel environment, dhcp.ntp-servers. 

The patch set ntpdate_hosts if not set in rc.conf or ntp.conf using the dhcp option.

Apply the supplied patch

Patch attached with submission follows:

--- /etc/rc.d/ntpdate.old	2010-02-07 10:37:55.000000000 +0100
+++ /etc/rc.d/ntpdate	2010-02-07 11:27:06.000000000 +0100
@@ -22,8 +22,12 @@
 			/^(server|peer)/            {print $2}
 		' < ${ntpdate_config}`
+	if [ -z "$ntpdate_hosts" -a \
+		-n "`/bin/kenv dhcp.ntp-servers 2> /dev/null`" ]; then
+		ntpdate_hosts=`/bin/kenv dhcp.ntp-servers | sed 's/,/ /g'`
+	fi
 	if [ -n "$ntpdate_hosts" -o -n "$rc_flags" ]; then
-		echo "Setting date via ntp."
+		echo "Setting date via ntp: $ntpdate_hosts"
 		${ntpdate_program:-ntpdate} $rc_flags $ntpdate_hosts


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