Ntp-wait User's Manual

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This document describes the use of the NTP Project's ntp-wait program.

If there are time-sensitive applications, the proper sequence of events is to run ntpd -g as early as possible, then invoke all of the non-time-sensitive process, run ntp-wait to block until the system's time has stabilized and synchronized, and only then start any applicaitons (like database servers) that require accurate and stable time.

This document applies to version 4.2.8p4 of ntp-wait.

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0.1 Invoking ntp-wait

ntp-wait will send at most num-tries queries to ntpd(8), sleeping for secs-between-tries after each status return that says ntpd(8) has not yet produced a synchronized and stable system clock.

ntp-wait will do this quietly, unless the -v flag is provided. This can be useful at boot time, to delay the boot sequence until after ntpd -g has set the time.

This section was generated by AutoGen, using the agtexi-cmd template and the option descriptions for the ntp-wait program.

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0.1.1 ntp-wait help/usage (--help)

This is the automatically generated usage text for ntp-wait.

The text printed is the same whether selected with the help option (--help) or the more-help option (--more-help). more-help will print the usage text by passing it through a pager program. more-help is disabled on platforms without a working fork(2) function. The PAGER environment variable is used to select the program, defaulting to more. Both will exit with a status code of 0.

ntp-wait - Wait for ntpd to stabilize the system clock - Ver. 4.2.8p4
USAGE: ntp-wait [ -<flag> [<val>] | --<name>[{=| }<val>] ]...

    -n, --tries=num              Number of times to check ntpd
    -s, --sleep=num              How long to sleep between tries
    -v, --verbose                Be verbose
    -?, --help                   Display usage information and exit
        --more-help              Pass the extended usage text through a pager

Options are specified by doubled hyphens and their name or by a single
hyphen and the flag character.

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0.1.2 tries option (-n)

This is the “number of times to check ntpd” option. This option takes a number argument. The maximum number of times we will check ntpd to see if it has been able to synchronize and stabilize the system clock.

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0.1.3 sleep option (-s)

This is the “how long to sleep between tries” option. This option takes a number argument secs-between-tries. We will sleep for secs-between-tries after each query of ntpd that returns "the time is not yet stable".

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0.1.4 verbose option (-v)

This is the “be verbose” option. By default, ntp-wait is silent. With this option, ntp-wait will provide status information.

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0.1.5 ntp-wait exit status

One of the following exit values will be returned:

Successful program execution.
The operation failed or the command syntax was not valid.

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0.1.6 ntp-wait Authors

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0.1.7 ntp-wait Notes