multiple ntpd processes

Jonathan Chen jonc at
Thu Jun 12 22:52:15 UTC 2008

On Thu, Jun 12, 2008 at 02:17:46PM -0700, Nerius Landys wrote:
> I'm running FreeBSD 7.0, and I have 'ntpd_enable="YES"' in my /etc/rc.conf.
> Every time I reboot my server, I get two ntpd processes:
> nlandys at daffy# ps -U root | grep ntpd
>   571  ??  Ss     0:00.12 /usr/sbin/ntpd -c /etc/ntp.conf -p
> /var/run/
>   686  ??  S      0:00.00 /usr/sbin/ntpd -c /etc/ntp.conf -p
> /var/run/

This is normal. ntpd spawns a secondary process to check timesyncs on
startup. Have a look at the parent-child links with "ps l". It goes
away after it has decided which time-source to use.
Jonathan Chen <jonc at>
                         "In mathematics you don't understand things.
                                           You just get used to them."
                                                 - Johann von Neumann

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