New ntp install from tarball

Gene Heskett gheskett at wdtv.com
Mon Dec 22 18:40:12 UTC 2014


On Monday 22 December 2014 12:52:23 Gene Heskett did opine
And Gene did reply:
> On Monday 22 December 2014 11:50:26 C de-Avillez did opine
> 
> And Gene did reply:
> > On Sun, Dec 21, 2014 at 1:42 PM, Gene Heskett <gheskett at wdtv.com> 
wrote:
> > > On Sunday 21 December 2014 11:58:17 Tom H did opine
> > > 
> > > And Gene did reply:
> > >> On Sun, Dec 21, 2014 at 8:26 AM, Gene Heskett <gheskett at wdtv.com>
> 
> wrote:
> > >> > 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.
> > >> 
> > >> Check "{,/usr/local}/etc/ntp.drift".
> > 
> > There are two ways of specifying the drift file:
> > 
> > * the driftfile keyword in the NTP configuration;
> > * the "-f <driftfile>" parameter to the NTP daemon, where <driftfile>
> > is the full path to the drift file desired location.
> 
> I have done this, in /etc/default/ntp.
> 
> > Drift files should be created automagically if they do not exist --
> > but it takes some time for the file to be created. When NTPd starts
> > (and absent a driftfile) it will start monitoring the time variances
> > more intensively. Once it decides it has enough data about the drift,
> > it will write a driftfile to the location specified in either of the
> > two locations above, and slow down drift calculations. Usually this
> > process takes from many minutes to one hour or so.
> > 
> > So... check your drift file location; verify it is owned by the
> > userid running the daemon; wait a few hours.
> > 
> > This should be it.
> 
> I created, by touching, both of the potential filenames at the path
> specified in /etc/default/ntp, but discovered just now that I sill own
> them, so chowned them to ntp:ntp just now.  Likewise the parent "ntp"
> directory in /usr/local/lib.
> 
> Now we wait...
> 
> Thanks, C de-Avillez, this is stuff that simply is not important enough
> to make the man page.  And yet its quite important to verifying that
> it is indeed working.
> 
> Cheers & Have a merry Christmas, Gene Heskett

I tried to rebuild with a few more likely suspects, and got a build error.
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Cheers, Gene Heskett
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