Installation of NTP wording
hunteke at earlham.edu
Mon Nov 9 23:44:21 GMT 2009
At 9:04am -0500 Mon, 09 Nov 2009, Derek Broughton wrote:
> While I agree that the package description should be more complete, I don't
> have a problem with this being "scary". End-users neither need nor, imo,
> should install ntp. The ntpdate installed by default should do the job.
Erm, unless I'm mistaken -- and I probably am -- ntpdate is not
installed by default, or it's not enabled by default. That's why you
have to manually change "Configuration" to "Keep synchronized with
Internet servers" (System -> Administration -> Time & Date).
When you do that for the first time (all via the GUI), here is the message:
*NTP support is not installed*
Please install and activate NTP support in the
system to enable synchronization of your local
time server with internet time servers.
[ Close ] [ Install NTP support ]
I don't know how Ubuntu decides to keep itself up-to-date after that,
but I know that it does *not* do it until I go through this process and
see that message. At least as of Jaunty. I didn't give Karmic a chance
to get out of sync. Maybe when I upgrade this laptop ...
Anyway, now that I look at the message, I think I may be raising a red
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