[ntp:questions] ntpd -n?

Danny Mayer mayer at ntp.isc.org
Thu Jan 17 02:01:14 UTC 2008

Tom Smith wrote:
> Tom Smith wrote:
>> I'm wondering about the function/purpose of the "-n" option
>> for ntpd. I've found it in some Linux ntpd startup scripts
>> and I'm wondering if it is really intended to be there.
>> My recollection is that both "-n" and "-N" first appeared
>> in the late runup to 4.1 and that "-n [prio]" originally set
>> the priority of ntpd. I also recall that this was later changed
>> to "-N [prio]" and then just "-N", but my recollection is
>> a little fuzzy.
>> "-n" is now documented as "Don't fork". I'm not sure I know
>> exactly what that means, but more importantly, I'm wondering
>> if the startup scripts that are using it are actually intending
>> to raise the priority of ntpd and should now be using "-N".
>> -Tom
> Never mind. Mystery solved. Cockpit error.

Perhaps what it should have said is "don't daemonize".


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