[ntp:questions] Re: sntp hangs if network not available

Harlan Stenn stenn at ntp.isc.org
Thu Dec 1 22:34:12 UTC 2005

I think you may benefit from taking a step back and understanding exactly
what you want to have happen during startup.

If all goes well, sntp will bet a response "quickly".

If not, how long do you want to wait for an answer?

What do you want to do if an answer does not arrive?

It may be that you want to avoid using sntp (or ntpdate) entirely, and start
ntpd -g as early as possible, using iburst and a usefully persistent drift
file.  You might also be interested in:


Anyway, consider starting ntpd "early" and then continue with your startup
and then check to see how well things are going using, for example, the
ntp-wait script to make sure things are OK before "going live".


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