[ntp:questions] New Windows NTP Installer available

David J Taylor david-taylor at blueyonder.not-this-bit.nor-this-bit.co.uk
Tue Jul 31 07:59:20 UTC 2007

Ulrich Windl wrote:
> Why not use %USERPROFILE% instead of "%SystemRoot% for state
> information?
> There may be also %TMP% or %TEMP% defined.  UNIX users always make a
> difference between program directories (which may be shared
> read-only) and
> data directories which should be writable and private).

Oh, I agree, but on this system had:

   driftfile %windir%\ntp.drift

and I was simply doing an upgrade on what I thought was a working system.

>> No, it seems to still want to write to ntp.drift.TEMP rather than
>> ntp.drift, so I've started NTP after checking the permissions on
>> ntp.drift.  Check back in just over an hour....
> AFAIK: if the temporary file is removed, so are your ACLs.

So I've added the user "ntp" with full access rights to %windir% and it's 
OK now.  On this particular box, security isn't /that/ critical.  A fresh 
installation would probably have done everything properly, and would have 
been a better choice for that system.

Thanks for your comments, Ulrich.


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