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

David Woolley david at ex.djwhome.demon.co.uk.invalid
Sat Sep 6 09:26:54 UTC 2008


Martin Burnicki wrote:
> Steve Kostecke wrote:
> 
>> On 2008-09-04, Peter J. Cherny <peterc at luddite.com.au> wrote:
>>
>>> In most OSs the man pages are definitive and mostly correct,
>> Any NTP documentation distributed as man pages is produced by third
>> parties and should not be viewed as authoritative.
> 
> Hm, the current repos (both -dev and -stable) contain a .1 file for every
> binary which seems to be some kind of template to generate at least a man
> page ...

They are the man pages.  They are at the same abstraction level as HTML 
files and, on most systems, are rendered to the final form on demand.

However, they are stub pages (i.e. they are far from complete), and they 
are not parameterised by the build system, so are not helpful here.  In 
addition, their presence appears to be in direct contravention of the 
official policy on documentation in the official distributions.

They are also installed in the wrong place.  Manual section 1 is for 
unprivileged user documents, but the NTP tools, and, in paticular, ntpd 
are system manager documents and should be in section 8 and have .8 
suffixes.




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