[ntp:questions] Re: NT binaries for ntp-4.2.0

Danny Mayer mayer at gis.net
Tue Oct 21 21:20:05 UTC 2003

Terje Mathisen <terje.mathisen at hda.hydro.com> wrote in message news:<bn374d$ipi$1 at osl016lin.hda.hydro.com>...
> David J Taylor wrote:
> >>>There wouldn't be a new file created by this software, named .rnd, in
> > 
> > the
> > 
> >>>root of drive C: by any chance?  I have a distinct dislike of such
> >>>behaviour!  If so, please keep such temporary files to a private
> >>>directory, and certain not the root of the main drive!
> >>>
> >>>Cheers,
> >>>David
> >>
> >>Sorry about that but the file itself is essential for openSSL. I know I
> >>described the requirements somewhere and it may be in the release notes.
> >>It's in winnt.html. Define a system environmental variable called
> >>RANDFILE and a full drive/path/file name. Restart ntpd and it will
> > 
> > create
> > 
> >>the file indicated by RANDFILE. I have no control over OpenSSL and how
> >>it implements this but it is a necessary file.
> >>
> >>Danny
> > 
> > 
> > Thanks for that, Danny.
> > 
> > Unfortunately, there is no winnt.html in the release from Terje, so I had
> That's intentional, both to keep the binary size down, and to force 
> people to go to the original docs at http://www.ntp.org.

In this case please include it. It's a very small file. Unix people who
build NTP have the whole thing and situations like this make it important.
A binary kit should always include important information. See the BIND 9
binaries for example.


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