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Re: [SLE] ntp client -- warning from yast
  • From: Bruce Marshall <bmarsh@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2006 09:53:46 -0400
  • Message-id: <200607250953.46973.bmarsh@xxxxxxxxxx>
On Tuesday 25 July 2006 09:43, Peter Van Lone wrote:
> using SUSE10, when I went into yast to enable the ntp client, I am
> warned about setting it to execute "on boot". The warning says:
> "Warning! If you do not have a permanent internet connection, starting
> the NTP daemon can take a very long time, and the daemon might not run
> properly"
> Huh?

When you boot and start up ntp, it will try to go out and set the time and if
you don't have a connection, it is going to hang there for a timeout.

Not good.

A much better way to set the time on a laptop would be to have a cron job that
uses ntpdate. Twice a day should be enough.

> So, if I have a laptop, that does not at all times have an inet
> connection, basically I should not use the NTP client? Is there any
> good way to, once an inet connection IS established, sync time to an
> NTP server?
> Yast seems to only give "never" and "on boot" as ntp sync options. If
> there is a command I can execute from a shell, that would be fine.
> Peter

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