[ntp:questions] ntpdate

Pierre Dubuc pldubuc at yahoo.ca
Wed Mar 28 21:15:59 UTC 2007

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Replying to message <ywn9wt11w355.fsf at ntp1.isc.org>

> ntpdate is being deprecated.
> Why would you want to use a cron job when you could just run ntpd?
> Please see http://ntp.isc.org/Dev/DeprecatingNtpdate

All right, here is my setup. I use a 486-SX box (sans FPU) with 
NetBSD/i386 as a way to SSH against a NetBSD/macppc machine, which 
provides an awful console. The ntpd on the 486-SX doesn't seem to like a 
kernel that doesn't support, at a minimum, the fsqrt() function.

See the thread called "ntpd 4.2.4 crash on NetBSD/i386" from 
about a month ago.

Now, The kernel sources for NetBSD/i386 don't provide an emulation for 
fsqrt(), and I'm not a kernel programmer. Therefore, I can't fix this 
kernel issue, and the nice NetBSD people have better things to do than 
implement obsolete emulations anyway. So, ntpd cannot run on my 486-SX. I 
decided to instead run ntpdate from a cron job and periodically sync the 
box to the ntpd running on the macppc.

So there. Now laugh if you must, but I like my 486-SX ;-)

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Pierre Dubuc
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