ntpd configutration -- a small suggestion from the peanut gallery

John Johnstone jjohnstone.nospamfreebsd at tridentusa.com
Wed Jun 5 21:44:24 UTC 2019

On 6/5/19 5:25 PM, Ronald F. Guilmette wrote:
> In message <alpine.BSF.2.20.1906051648560.44637 at fledge.watson.org>,
> doug at fledge.watson.org wrote:
>>> Did I just miss those ntpd death messages somehow?

> So either I need new glasses or else that part underlined above is just plain
> wrong.  Because even after my ntpd died several times, I was unable to find
> -any- message telling me that ntpd had chosen suicide, let alone what the
> reasons for that might have been.  At least not in /var/log/messages.

The reason

> ntpd assumes something must be terribly wrong and the only reliable
> action is for the operator to intervene and set the clock by hand.

is just further down in the man page.  By default NTP will only adjust 
time gradually.  So if the time discrepancy is too large it will take a 
really long time for the adjustment to complete.

It certainly would be better though if messages were produced when it exits.

John J.

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