[ntp:questions] drift file set to -500

David J Taylor david-taylor at blueyonder.not-this-bit.nor-this-bit.co.uk
Wed Nov 28 17:43:23 UTC 2007

Aggie wrote:
> David,
>> What happens if you delete the drift file and leave it for a few
>> hours?
> After I deleted the drift file and left it run overnight, the drift
> file was not created in the first couple hours and when I checked this
> morning. ntp.drift and ntp.drift.TEMP were created. ntp.drift couldn't
> be opened because ntp was using it. ntp.drifti.TEMP had a value of
> +500. And NTPD is still running. But I believe NTPD will stop
> eventually, same as what happened before.
> Thanks,
> Kev.

That sounds like a permissions error.  I did see something similar in 
Windows some time back.  On Windows, at least, you can read the ntp.drift 
file almost any time.


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