[ntp:questions] Local (own site) NTP servers.

Thomas Laus lausts at acm.org
Thu Jul 23 14:26:02 UTC 2009

On 2009-07-23, G8KBV <g8kbvdave at googlemail.com> wrote:
> Wonder if this will get posed, or returned to me..
> Hi...
> Been lurking for a while.
> Also, been messing about trying to get a local (to me) GPS
> Disciplined NTP server working, based on David Taylor's work
> with FreeBSD, I think I have one of those configured OK, but
> I've got other issues with FreeBSD on that machine that sort
> of prevent me using it for unattended "appliance" use.  It
> keeps generating system emails for the Root user, and I can't
> find out why!  Other than its something about recovered editor
> files?

You will probably not find a better timekeeper than using the FreeBSD
machine.  The resources required are very minimal compared to running
any Windows version.

You might try logging into the FreeBSD computer as
root and reading the mail using the 'mail' command.  Select the message
number, after the message has been read, press the 'd' key.  When all of
the messages for root have been read, press the 'q' key to quit.  That
will clear all of root's unread messages.

To redirect your syslog messages to the console instead of a file, edit
the '/etc/syslog' file and point all of the entries to 'dev/console'.
It is not a good idea to stop the log outputs by directing things to
'/dec/null'.  You might want to read some of them.

The unrecovered editor sessions can be read by starting vi with the '-r'
flag.  This is really about using FreeBSD for a timekeeper, you really can't go
wrong.  Your OS related setup questions should really be directed to a
FreeBSD newsgroup, they are much better at handling questions and can
always point you to a website for more in depth answers.


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