Derek Broughton news at pointerstop.ca
Fri Nov 4 14:34:37 UTC 2005

Tim Frost wrote:

> ntpdate is used only when you BOOT the system.

Well, no.  On my system it's run whenever I up a network interface.
> The program that performs regular time synchronisation services is the
> NTP server, /usr/bin/ntpd, which is in the separate package, ntp-server.
> That program runs as a daemon, which means that it is doing its job in
> the background.

That seems counter to what the poster requested.  Why run a permanent daemon
if what you want is to just check your time weekly.  Run ntpdate from
cron.weekly, instead.  Most desktop users don't have the need to have their
clocks as perfectly synchronized as ntpd will keep them.  As long as my
alarm daemon notifies me within 30 seconds of the real time, it's good
enough for me.
> On Thu, 2005-11-03 at 20:19 -0500, 'Forum Post wrote:
>> is there not another option (that makes more sense to me) to have the
>> sync happen only once a week or somesuch?  And when it does, in the
>> background so everything is not waiting on it?

cron would accomplish that.  Plus, if you're running anacron, it would also
get run (asynchronously) after each boot.  

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