New ntp install from tarball

Gene Heskett gheskett at
Sun Dec 21 13:26:03 UTC 2014

Greetings all;

I just installed ntp-4.2.8 in the default /usr/local prefix, and adjusted 
the stuff in /etc/init.d/ntp, and in /etc/defaults/ntp, and its working, 
but neither I nor my watch script seem to be able to locate a "drift" or 
"ntp.drift" file that the default 10.04.4 LTS version kept in the 
/var/lib/ntp subdir.

I have setup a duplicate directory and file in /var/local/lib/ntp, all
owned by ntp:ntp, but it is not being updated, and neither is the old 
location's file.

Does anyone have a clue where this file, specified in /etc/default/ntp is 
actually being kept now?

Cheers, Gene Heskett
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