Network Time Protocol daemon (简体中文)

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本文描述如何设置和运行 NTPd (Network Time Protocol daemon)。NTPd是使用网络时间协议将 GNU/Linux 系统的软件时钟与 Internet 时间服务器同步的最常见的方法。如果正确设置,NTPd 可以使你的计算机作为时间服务器运行。


安装 ntp,可以从官方源得到。


小贴士: ntp 包带有一个默认的 /etc/ntp.conf 配置文件,可以让 NTPd 不需要自定义配置就可以运行

配置连接到 NTP 服务器

在你的 /etc/ntp.conf 配置文件中定义的第一件事是你机器想同步的服务器。

NTP servers are classified in a hierarchical system with many levels called strata: the devices which are considered independent time sources are classified as stratum 0 sources; the servers directly connected to stratum 0 devices are classified as stratum 1 sources; servers connected to stratum 1 sources are then classified as stratum 2 sources and so on.

It has to be understood that a server's stratum cannot be taken as an indication of its accuracy or reliability. Typically, stratum 2 servers are used for general synchronization purposes: if you do not already know the servers you are going to connect to, you should use the servers (alternate link) and choose the server pool that is closest to your location.


server iburst
server iburst
server iburst
server iburst

iburst 选项是推荐的,如果第一次尝试无法建立连接的话,会发送一系列的包。burst 选项总是发送一系列的包,即使第一次尝试也是这样。如果没有明确的允许的话不要使用 burst 选项,有可能被封禁。

配置自己的 NTP 服务器

如果建立一个 NTP 服务器,你需要添加 local clock 作为一个服务器,这样,即便它失去网络连接,它也可以继续为网络提供服务;添加 local clock 作为一个 stratum 10 服务器 (使用 fudge 命令)这样它就只会在失去连接时使用本地时钟:

fudge stratum 10

下一步,定义规则允许客户端连接你的服务(localhost 也被认为是一个客户端)。使用 restrict 命令;你应该在文件中已经有一行:

restrict default nomodify nopeer noquery

This restricts everyone from modifying anything and prevents everyone from querying the status of your time server: nomodify prevents reconfiguring your ntpd (with ntpq or ntpdc), and noquery prevents dumping status data from your ntpd (also with ntpq or ntpdc).


restrict default kod nomodify notrap nopeer noquery
注意: 这会允许其他人查询你的时间服务器。你需要添加 noserve 来停止提供时间。

"restrict"选项的完整文档可以从 man ntp_acc 中查找到。详见

你需要在这一行之后告诉 ntpd 什么可以访问你的服务器;如果你不是在配置一台 NTP 服务器的话,下面一行就足够了。


If you want to force DNS resolution to the IPv6 namespace, write -6 before the IP address or host name (-4 forces IPv4 instead), for example:

restrict -6 default kod nomodify notrap nopeer noquery
restrict -6 ::1    # ::1 is the IPv6 equivalent for

Lastly, specify the drift file (which keeps track of your clock's time deviation) and optionally the log file location:

driftfile /var/lib/ntp/ntp.drift
logfile /var/log/ntp.log

一份基础的配置文件是这样的 (为了清晰起见,已删掉了所有的注释):

server iburst
server iburst
server iburst
server iburst

restrict default kod nomodify notrap nopeer noquery
restrict -6 default kod nomodify notrap nopeer noquery

restrict -6 ::1  

driftfile /var/lib/ntp/ntp.drift
logfile /var/log/ntp.log
注意: 定义日志文件不是必须的,但是它对于反馈 ntpd 操作是有好处的。

其他关于配置 NTP 的资源

总之,永远不要忘记手册页: man ntp.conf 有可能可以回答你仍旧有的任何疑问。(见相关的手册页: man {ntpd|ntp_auth|ntp_mon|ntp_acc|ntp_clock|ntp_misc})。




# ntpd -qg
# hwclock -s

ntpd -qgntpdate 程序效果相同,而ntpdate 已经不推荐使用. hwclock -s 把时间存储到硬件时钟上,这样重启的时候就不会丢失了。

ntpd-g 选项允许时钟漂移大于警报级别(默认是 15 分钟)而不发出警告。注意这种误差是不正常的,也许意味着失去设置错误,时钟芯片错误,或仅仅是长时间的忽略。如果在这些情况下你不想设置时钟而且输出错误到 syslog,删除 -g

# ntpd -q


如果你想在每次系统启动时同步一次你的系统时钟,你可以添加一行 ntpd -qg & 到你的 /etc/rc.local。 别的方法可以参见 Autostarting

You must also start the hwclock daemon and add it to your DAEMONS array to initialize it at every boot. See Time#hwclock daemon for more information.

In order for this method to work you have to make sure that, when rc.local is executed, the network connection has already been initialized (for example you should not background essential network-related daemons in /etc/rc.conf)

  • Using this method is discouraged on servers and in general on machines that need to run continuously for more than 2 or 3 days, as the system clock will be updated only once at boot time.
  • Running ntpd -qg as a cron event is to be avoided, unless you are aware of how your running applications would react to instantaneous system time changes.
  • If something other already takes care of updating the hardware clock, for example another operating system in dual boot, you should avoid starting hwclock.


启动 ntpd

ntpd sets 11 minute mode, which syncs the system clock to hardware every 11 minutes. The hwclock daemon measures hardware clock drift and syncs it, which conflicts with ntpd.

Stop the hwclock daemon (if it is running):

# rc.d stop hwclock

Start the ntpd daemon:

# rc.d start ntpd

Add ntpd to your DAEMONS array so it starts automatically on boot and make sure hwclock is disabled:

DAEMONS=(... !hwclock ntpd ...)


Note: ntpd should still be running when the network is down if the hwclock daemon is disabled, so you should not use this.

ntpd can be brought up/down along with a network connection through the use of NetworkManager's dispatcher scripts. You can install the needed script from [community]:

# pacman -S networkmanager-dispatcher-ntpd

Running in a chroot

Note: Before attempting this, complete the previous section on running as non-root, since chroots are relatively useless at securing processes running as root.

Edit /etc/conf.d/ntpd.conf and change

NTPD_ARGS="-g -u ntp:ntp"


NTPD_ARGS="-g -i /var/lib/ntp -u ntp:ntp"

Then, edit /etc/ntp.conf to change the driftfile path such that it is relative to the chroot directory, rather than to the real system root. Change:

driftfile       /var/lib/ntp/ntp.drift


driftfile       /ntp.drift

Create a suitable chroot environment so that getaddrinfo() will work by creating pertinent directories and files (as root):

# mkdir /var/lib/ntp/etc /var/lib/ntp/lib /var/lib/ntp/proc
# touch /var/lib/ntp/etc/resolv.conf /var/lib/ntp/etc/services

and by bind-mounting the aformentioned files:

#ntpd chroot mounts
/etc/resolv.conf  /var/lib/ntp/etc/resolv.conf none bind 0 0
/etc/services	  /var/lib/ntp/etc/services none bind 0 0
/lib		          /var/lib/ntp/lib none bind 0 0
/proc		  /var/lib/ntp/proc none bind 0 0
# mount -a

Finally, restart the daemon again:

# rc.d restart ntpd

It is relatively difficult to be sure that your driftfile configuration is actually working without waiting a while, as ntpd does not read or write it very often. If you get it wrong, it will log an error; if you get it right, it will update the timestamp. If you do not see any errors about it after a full day of running, and the timestamp is updated, you should be confident of success.


Available alternative to NTPd are Chrony, a dial-up friendly and specifically designed for systems that are not online all the time, and OpenNTPD, part of the OpenBSD project and currently not maintained for Linux.