[ntp:questions] NTP server not reducing polling interval on upstream hosts

William Unruh unruh at invalid.ca
Fri Oct 17 18:40:55 UTC 2014

On 2014-10-17, Phil W Lee <phil at lee-family.me.uk> wrote:
> David Taylor <david-taylor at blueyonder.co.uk.invalid> considered Fri,
> 17 Oct 2014 07:14:47 +0100 the perfect time to write:
>>On 17/10/2014 04:25, Phil W Lee wrote:
>>> Can I upgrade by just swapping a newer binary in?
>>> I'm not really far enough up the FreeBSD learning curve to work out
>>> why I'm getting errors trying to build a newer one from source (I did
>>> at least try).
>>When updating I follow the instructions here:
>>   http://www.satsignal.eu/ntp/FreeBSD-GPS-PPS.htm#update
>>The instructions under "Updating NTP to a later version" you need to do 
>>just once, so see where they fall over and let us know what the error 
>>message is.
> I was using the instructions on Ryan Doyle's site for that, since his
> setup seems to more closely match mine, he uses bash and doesn't even
> mention installing portmaster.
> I get to where he says:
> "[root at freebsd /usr/ports/net/ntp]# make config install clean"

Try just make config
so you can see the errors more clearly. Also you should be able to
scroll up to see what the errors were. You may not have some
developement library installed. 

> and the error messages scroll off the screen too fast for me to read
> them. It seems to start off with "Unknown modifier 'up-arrow' (the
> symbol up arrow, not the text).

Do you mean caret-- the symbol above 6 on the US keyboard? (I am not
sure where it is on theUK keyboard)

> This is repeated multiple times, followed by some other errors which
> are probably a result of the first errors, iyswim.
> I just followed your guide, and got an identical shedload of errors
> when trying to install portmaster.
> As far as I can see, both methods achieve the same results.
>>The later instructions under "Updating the updater - telling portmaster 
>>about a newer version" are what I do each time I update to a new release 
>>of the development version.  These are under FreeBSD 8.2 but I imagine 
>>they would also work under 8.1.  I keep a copy of the current binaries 
>>on a remote FTP server in case an upgrade goes wrong.  Essentially 
>>that's the files I compiled before in "/usr/local/sbin/ntp*".
>>I could put my current version binaries into a Zip file and upload it 
>>for you to try, if you like.
> I just tried that, with the binaries of ntp-4.2.7p364_2 and
> ntp-devel-4.2.7.p411.
> Ntp crashed and burned when attempting to start - it looks like they
> rely on later libraries, which only a proper install will give me.

They should be general libraries. AFAIremember, ntpd does not have
libraries of its own.

> I'm glad I'm testing all this in a virtual instance of the real
> machine, instead of the real machine itself.

Which may of course be part of the problem.

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