The /etc/ntp/ directory.
Andre Guibert de Bruet
andy at siliconlandmark.com
Sun Dec 11 13:25:04 PST 2005
On Sun, 11 Dec 2005, Sten Spans wrote:
> On Sun, 11 Dec 2005, Andre Guibert de Bruet wrote:
>> I have a 7.0-CURRENT machine that I have upgraded time and time again,
>> since the 5.3-CURRENT days. While looking into setting up ntpd, I came
>> across the empty /etc/ntp/ directory. After perusing the man file, and the
>> rcNG startup scripts, I don't see anything that makes a reference to this
>> directory. The locations that I do find are:
>> ntpd.conf: /etc/ntpd.conf
>> ntp.drift: /var/db/ntpd.drift
>> ntpd.pid: /var/run/ntpd.pid
>> Docs: /usr/share/doc/ntp
>> I checked a fresh install of 6.0-RELEASE and this directory appears there
>> too but again, without any references. On 4.11-STABLE, it does not exist.
>> Is there any use at all for this directory?
> The most common usage is with an ntpd running as user ntp.
> This user normally can't write to /var/db/ ( ntpd renames
> a temporary ntpd.drift.XXXX to ntpd.drift ).
> So ntpd.drift is moved to /etc/ntp where user ntp
> does have write permissions.
> Not that FreeBSD supports non-root ntpd (afaik).
Thanks for the insight. FreeBSD does not ship with an ntp user. I do
however, see the facilities in place in the rcNG script for chrooting.
So if ntpd is running as root because clock_settime(2) and friends require
the effective user ID of the super-user, what is the functional purpose of
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