[ntp:questions] Busybox and ntp

Steve Kostecke kostecke at ntp.org
Wed Dec 16 21:40:25 UTC 2009

On 2009-12-16, jam725 <jamoore84 at gmail.com> wrote:

> but have hit some snags where certain commands are not supported in
> busybox (service start/stop/reset, chkconfig).

You don't need those commands. Just run the init scripts directly.

> At boot ntpd looks to
> read from somewhere:
> Running ntpdate: 16 Dec 17:39:43 ntpdate[411]: step time server
> offset 1260988767.511027 sec
> done

ntpd != ndpdate

> but issuing an ntpdate command returns:
> 16 Dec 18:22:01 ntpdate[444]: no servers can be used, exiting

ntpdate needs at least one time server name on the command-line.

> what can I do to test that this is working?  'pgrep ntpd' returns only
> one process number where the above link makes it sound I should be
> seeing several.

1) ps ax | grep ntpd may show something like this:

 3458 pts/2    R+     0:00 grep ntpd
26773 ?        Ss     0:02 /usr/sbin/ntpd -p /var/run/ntpd.pid -u 103:104 -g -N

2) try 'ntpq -p' and 'ntpq -crv'

Steve Kostecke <kostecke at ntp.org>
NTP Public Services Project - http://support.ntp.org/

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