[ntp:questions] Updating the leapseconds file -- how to signal ntpd

Mischanko, Edward T Edward.Mischanko at arcelormittal.com
Sat Jan 26 13:24:40 UTC 2013

I know of no way for NTP to know about the new file without restarting NTP
 itself.  The drift file will allow it to come back into sync very quickly,
so the consequences of a restart should be minimal.  NTP reads the leapseconds file on start-up, I believe.

> I'm using my configuration-management system to distribute a
> leapseconds file for ntpd.  After the system installs the new file,
> what does it need to do for ntpd to recognize that the file has
> changed?  (It is obviously undesirable to simply restart a stratum-1
> ntpd; I'm looking for the mechanism that ntpd expects managers to
> use, if there is any.)
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