not reading /etc/ntpd.d/default.conf

shouldbe q931 shouldbeq931 at
Thu Apr 16 15:22:00 UTC 2020

On Thu, Apr 16, 2020 at 10:55 AM shouldbe q931 <shouldbeq931 at> wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 16, 2020 at 10:28 AM Hal Murray <hmurray at> wrote:
> >
> >
> > > From section 7. Files of I was
> > > expecting NTPSec to read the default.conf in the /etc/ntp.d/ directory.
> >
> > The default configuration file is /etc/ntp.conf
> >
> > You have to set that up yourself.  install wants to not trash whatever you put
> > there so it doesn't install anything there.
> >
> Hi Hal,
> Perhaps I did not make the issue clear enough.
> I am aware that a /etc/ntp.conf is not automatically created when
> NTPSec is installed from source.
> My question is not about /etc/ntp.conf, my question is about why
> /etc/ntp.d/default.conf is not read.
> My understanding of the configuration file parsing rules from the page
> I linked to
> Configuration files are parsed according to the following rules:
> 1. The plain config file (normally /etc/ntp.conf but the path can be
> overridden by the -c option) is read first if it exists.
> * The -c option is not specified, and it says "if it exists", so if it
> does not exist, the next should apply.
> 2. Then the configuration directory, if it exists, is scanned.
> Normally this directory is /etc/ntp.d, but if the -c option is
> specified the /etc will be specified by the directory name of the -c
> argument.
> * The -c option is not specified, so the /etc/ntp.d directory should be scanned.
> 3. Each file beneath the configuration directory with the extension
> ".conf" is interpreted. Files are interpreted in ASCII sort order of
> their pathnames. Files with other extensions or no extensions are
> ignored.
> * There is a file with the .conf extension here, but it is not read
> $ cat /etc/ntp.d/default.conf
> # This is a complete, usable ntp.conf file assembled from use snippets.
> # To configure as a Stratum 1 using GPSD, uncomment the first line.
> #includefile use-gpsd-shm               # GPSD via SHM as a local clock source
> includefile use-pool                    # Get servers from the NTP pool
> includefile use-no-remote-configuration # Normal security
> includefile use-minimal-logging         # Declare a drift file and that's it
> # end
> The issue is not seen on a different install running ntpsec-1.1.7+
> (git rev c6f7d15). On this "working" install, /etc.ntp.conf does not
> exist, but /etc/ntp.d/default.conf does exist.
> Cheers
> Arne

To check exactly what NTPsec was opening when it started, I ran

strace -f -o /tmp/strace.log -p 1 -e trace=file & systemctl start ntpd

If a different strace syntax would be more useful, please do let me know.



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