[ntp:questions] ntpd crashing on startup

Rob pse at nospam.com
Wed Oct 10 12:19:00 UTC 2007


On Wed, 10 Oct 2007 02:35:58 +0000, Steve Kostecke wrote:

> 
> I have found it helpful to specify the location of the randfile:
> 
> crypto randfile /dev/urandom
> 

Thanks Steve.  That fixed it.  I used "crypto randfile /root/.rnd pw
mysecretpassword" in my ntpd.conf file.  

But according to the docs, I should not need to do that.  I do not have
RANDFILE defined. According to the docs at
http://www.eecis.udel.edu/~mills/ntp/html/keygen.html#rand , ntpd should
look at /root/.rnd for the random file if RANDFILE is not defined.  

It looks like a bug to me.  But it is easy to get around.

Rob




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