[ntp:questions] Re: Can I specify log file in config file ?

Jeff Boyce jboyce at meridianenv.com
Fri Oct 6 16:42:59 UTC 2006

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jeff Boyce" <jboyce at meridianenv.com>
To: <questions at lists.ntp.isc.org>
Sent: Thursday, October 05, 2006 9:14 AM
Subject: Can I specify log file in config file ?

> Greetings -
> I have read through the man page, the web support site, and have been 
> following the mailing list for months, but I have not seen an answer to 
> this question so I thought I would try here.  Please forgive me if it has 
> been answered elsewhere, then point me to where I can find it, since it 
> seems like such a simple question.  I have a lot of ntp messages 
> cluttering up my general syslog file (var/log/messages) and I would like 
> to have the ntp messages go to a specific ntp log files such as 
> var/log/ntpmsg.  I was hoping to be able to define the log file for ntp in 
> my configuration file, but I do not see any information detailing how I 
> would do that.  I did notice that I can specify a log file as an argument 
> when starting ntp from the command line, but I do not want to have to 
> remember that each time I have to start/restart ntp.  So the important 
> question is: how can I specify in the configuration file a unique log file 
> to send all my ntp log messages to?  Thanks for any help.
> Jeff Boyce
> www.meridianenv.com
Ronan Flood  replied:
"logfile /var/log/ntpmsg" in ntp.conf should do it; ref


 and Richard B. Gilbert replied:
Here's a segment of my ntp.conf file
# NTP monitoring parameters
logfile /var/ntp/ntp.log    <------------- That's how

Thanks Ronan and Richard for the courteous replies that include good 
examples and a reference to the web page that explains this option that I 
apparently overlooked.  This should do just what I need now.


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