[ntp:questions] SIGINFO for Portable OpenNTP on Linux

Dave Hart davehart at gmail.com
Fri Sep 4 16:36:43 UTC 2009

On Sep 4, 1:55 pm, RedGrittyBrick wrote:
> RedHat 8 does have ntp-4.1.1a which is the latest RPM I can find for it.
> However this runs but has problems communicating with NTP servers. I've
>   not been able to fathom why. Maybe I should revisit that.

I wouldn't bother.  That version came out in 2002 [1], any problems
are not going to garner a lot of interest from the developers of ntp
unless they also occur on the current ntp-stable (4.2.4p7) or recent
ntp-dev (4.2.5) as well.

> I would download the latest ntp.org source but my C skills are few and I
> thought there might be dependency issues on such an old OS.
> Any advice/suggestions welcome.

Now you're talking my language.  You don't need to have any C skills
to use the ntp.org source tarballs.  Grab 4.2.4p7 or 4.2.5p209 from
http://www.ntp.org/downloads.html, then:

tar xzf ntp*.gz
cd ntp*
./configure --with-lineeditlibs=readline

You should then either:

sudo make install
make install

If you have any problems, we'll help you through them.  The ntp.org
distribution works on some very ancient OSes, yours is still
relatively young by our standards :)

Dave Hart

[1] http://archive.ntp.org/ntp4/ntp-4.1/

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