from src/etc/rc.d/ntpd: required_files="/etc/ntp.conf"

Scot Hetzel swhetzel at
Tue Aug 24 07:18:05 PDT 2004

On Tue, 24 Aug 2004 03:26:02 +0400, vippy <vip3r at> wrote:
> I'm wondering having in my rc.conf legal assignment:
> ntpd_flags="-A -c /etc/ntpd.conf -f /var/db/ntpd.drift \
> -l /var/log/ntpd.log -p /var/run/"
> Why /etc/rc.d/ntpd script requires /etc/ntp.conf file as a config file
> for NTP daemon? This file even isn't exist by default (cause ntpd is
> contributed software, right?), so system administrator should create new
> file, named by his own rules. Often it'll be ${name}.conf -> ntpd.conf.
> So i see there 3 different ways to fix this (wrong?) behavior:
> 2) Add new variable "ntpd_conf" to rc.conf (and use it in etc/rc.d/ntpd
> which will represent path to ntpd config file (default to
> etc/ntpd.conf in etc/defaults/rc.conf).
> 3) Somehow (gtopt(1)?) parse ntpd_flags variable from rc.conf to find
> what is after "-c" and use it in etc/rc.d/ntpd.
If you look at the man page for ntpd, the default configuration file
is /etc/ntpd.conf, so you shouldn't need to specify '-c <ntpd conf
file>' to the ntpd_flags variable.  Also, you don't need the '-p <ntpd
pid file>' in the ntpd_flags as it is the default.

The required_files variable is to let the system administator know
which file the ntpd configuration belongs in.

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