New ntp install from tarball

Tom H tomh0665 at
Thu Dec 25 09:28:05 UTC 2014

On Sun, Dec 21, 2014 at 2:42 PM, Gene Heskett <gheskett at> 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> 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".
> Nothing ntp related there Tom.
> Thanks.

You're welcome.

In the repo-provided ntp package, the driftfile can be set either via
"-f /path/to/file" in "/etc/default/ntp" or "driftfile /path/to/file"
in "/etc/ntp.conf", with the default being "/etc/ntp.drift" (unless
Ubuntu patches in a different default).

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