[ale] ntp for debian workstation

Jim Popovitch yahoo at jimpop.com
Tue Jul 17 13:26:24 EDT 2007

On Tue, 2007-07-17 at 11:26 -0500, John Heim wrote:
> I'm a bit confused as to which package to install on a debian workstation, 
> ntp, ntp-simple, or ntp-server. I've googled for howtos but so many of them 
> are out of date. Others give contradictory info. I think all I have to do is 
> install ntp-simple.  Even though ntp nneds to run a daemon, that is not the 
> same as ntp-server, right? ntp-server is for machines that tell other 
> machines what time it is, right?

yes.  It's really just some different config settings between NTP
"server" and NTP "client"... but both incantations run as system daemons
with listening ports.

> I've configured my dhcp server to tell clients the IP address of my ntp 
> servers.  So I think all I've got to do on each workstation I set up is 
> 'apt-get install ntp-simple'.

Yep, although that will also pull down ntp.   Have you looked into
ntpdate as an alternative?

-Jim P.

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