[ntp:questions] Finding out where ntpd gets its ntp.conf file

Steve Kostecke kostecke at ntp.org
Thu Sep 4 21:28:49 UTC 2008

On 2008-09-04, David Woolley <david at ex.djwhome.demon.co.uk.invalid> wrote:
> Steve Kostecke wrote:
>> On 2008-09-03, Joseph Gwinn <joegwinn at comcast.net> wrote:
>>> Read the "service" shell script.  It appears to get its file paths from 
>>> environment variables named after the thing being started and stopped 
>>> and accessible only in the root environment; this bit of RHEL-specific 
>>> structure is being chased down.  (Does anyone know where this is 
>>> documented?)
>> On Linux OSes init scripts are typically found in /etc/init.d/ or
>> /etc/rc.d/init.d/ Look for one named ntp (or something containing ntp).
> I believe service is just a front end to those scripts, so I presume 
> that, by "service shell scripts" he is referring to those scripts.
> The problem he is having is that they probably source files (bash
> . command) files containing shell variable definitions from the
> master configuration directory, maintained by the, typically GUI,
> configuration tools. I suspect he hasn't realised that is is sourcing
> thesse files.

And your point is?

It is highly likely that the OP has not bothered to grep the /etc/
directory for instances of 'ntp.conf'.

That _one_ simple act would render this entire discussion moot because
it would clearly the ntp.conf file being passed to ntpd.

Steve Kostecke <kostecke at ntp.org>
NTP Public Services Project - http://support.ntp.org/

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