[ntp:questions] Re: Multiple ntp processes?

Ronan Flood ronan at noc.ulcc.ac.uk
Wed Oct 18 11:33:59 UTC 2006

floess at mindspring.com (Scot P. Floess) wrote:

> would exit once it's job was complete.  What struck me as odd was that 
> in the past on single processor machines, I never noticed more than one 
> ntpd running.  It was only when I had moved over to a dual PIII box that 
> I would see 2 ntpd's running.  As I mentioned in my post, the PPID of 
> one of the ntpd's was the initially started ntpd.

A further point: one of the things ntpd does to start as a background
daemon is to fork, and the parent then exits.  So the process that is
initially started disappears very quickly.  This should be visible in
the syslog, as the PID associated with the initial version message will
be different from any later messages.  The DNS-lookup sub-fork happens
after this fork.  Doesn't necessarily explain what you saw, though.

                      Ronan Flood <R.Flood at noc.ulcc.ac.uk>
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