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

Joseph Gwinn joegwinn at comcast.net
Fri Sep 5 16:50:19 UTC 2008

In article <48bfe483$0$21371$c30e37c6 at pit-reader.telstra.net>,
 "Peter J. Cherny" <peterc at luddite.com.au> wrote:

> Joseph Gwinn wrote:
> > I will file an enhancement request.  However, my feeling is that this 
> > function would be most useful if added to ntpq, and yielded the full 
> > filename including directories, as there may be multiple "ntp.conf" 
> > files scattered about.  The key is to get NTP to tell us which file NTP 
> > is using, without interference from our firmly held but sadly mistaken 
> > assumptions about what NTP ought to be doing.
> And you'll file enhancement requests for every other daemon
> on the machine ???

Only the ones that sufficiently annoy me.

> In most OSs the man pages are definitive and mostly correct,
> with changes noted in the release notes.
> If you've paid your support fees, ask the vendor.
> In most of the Unix family, the source is available.

A support question is being placed with IBM.

But newsgroups often think of angles that support does not.

> <flame>
> Else, ask a SysAdmin/SysEngineer/SwEngineer who does this for a living.
> You do have other than junior staff ?
> </flame>

Umm.  I'm not a sysadmin.  If we had such a person, I wouldn't be doing 
the debugging.  Few people even know that NTP exists, let alone how it 
works well enough to debug an installation.  When there is a time 
problem, the sysadmins come and grab me to help them.  So far, I've 
always been able to figure the problem out.

Joe Gwinn

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