[ntp:questions] Finding out where ntpd gets its ntp.conf file
uwe_klein_habertwedt at t-online.de
Sat Sep 13 08:42:36 UTC 2008
Hal Murray wrote:
>>I did get a look at the ntpd script today. Turns out the answer on
>>where it gets the ntp.conf file is right there, near the top, in the
>>line "ntpconf=/etc/ntp.conf", even though the ntp man page points us
>>deeper in the /etc hierarchy.
>>The sysadmin I was working with was real annoyed, as the misinformation
>>in the man page had sent him into circles. We will add pointer comments
>>to all placebo ntp.conf files, to save future generations of sysadmins
>>from this fate.
> I still don't know which ntp.conf you are really using.
> I'm looking at a Fedora 6 box.
> If you look in /etc/init.d/ntpd, you will see that it mucks about
> with ntpconf (the one above) to find the servers. Those servers
> get passed to ntpdate. Mumble. That's old crap. There is now
> a command line switch that does the right thing. I don't see
> where ntpconf gets passed to ntpd as a command line argument.
> If the man page says ntpd uses some other config file, it
> is probably right, or at it seems to me that it would be
> more likely that the guy who changed the code also changed
> the man page but didn't fixup the init script.
Does Red Hat write distribution specific manpages? I would be surprised if.
This is the recent SuSE Linux Manpage that all ntp related keywords point to:
NTP - Network Time Protocol
The NTP distribution does not include man pages. To learn more about the NTP protocol
and this software, please install the xntp-doc package included in you SuSE Linux dis-
In /usr/share/doc/packages/xntp-doc you will find the complete set of documentation on
building and configuring a NTP server or client. The documentation is in the form of
HTML files suitable for browsing and contains links to additional documentation at var-
ious web sites.
Also included: What about NTP? Understanding and using the Network Time Protocol. A
first try on a non-technical Mini-HOWTO and FAQ on NTP. Edited by Ulrich Windl and
Further information on NTP in the Internet can be found in the NTP web page at
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