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Re: ntpdate(8) and unbound(8) dependencies during boot

Roy Marples <> writes:

> On 11/10/2020 11:42, Havard Eidnes wrote:
>> The question is whether we ought to do something to break this
>> circular dependency in our default install by specifying one or two
>> (depending on "minsane" and resiliency conciderations) ntp servers
>> via IP address?  The issue then becomes "which IP address(es)" and
>> "how can that scale"?
> So the 50-ntp.conf dhcpcd hook script sets up ntp.conf with the IP
> addresses of NTP servers to use given from DHCP.
> If the ntp.conf file has changed as a result, the hook script will restart ntpd.
> If ntpd was passed the -g option to startup then it will ensure that
> the initial sync works no matter the state of the clock.
> We might want to consider adding -g to the default ntpd_flags.

That makes sense to me.  As I understand it, the lack of -g (refusal to
make a big adjustment) is based on a notion of the system being more
stable than systems typically are.  I think we are not running into this
more only because of the custom of ntpdate.


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