change ntp server in 11.10

Asked by macice on 2011-08-31

can someone tell me the corrrect way to change the NTP (time server) which ubuntu 11.10 uses to set the system clock as I can't fine the graphical too to do it in Oneiric.?

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enubuntu (mr.tennents) said : #1

You alredy have an ntp address?
If yes all you have to do is follow this guide:

macice (neall-mclaren) said : #2

so there's no graphicla tool now within ubuntu - there used to be one on the clock or in the date / time applet

macice (neall-mclaren) said : #4

this is a howto for an earlier version of ubutu - the time applet has changed and things aren't in the same place as they were, hence my quesiton.

enubuntu (mr.tennents) said : #5

So what version of Ubuntu are you using?

enubuntu (mr.tennents) said : #6

Ok it's written in the title, but why are you using a developement release? It can be dangerous...

enubuntu (mr.tennents) said : #7

Ok I've see in new version of Ubuntu but there is nothing. I think that the only way is to use the terminal..

macice (neall-mclaren) said : #8

11.10 (Oneiric)- Am using it in a VM for testing purposes and have no production data on it - have used ubuintu for many years and like to see what's in the next release so that I'm ahead of the game :-)

Am also helping to file bugs in oneiric and noticed that the time applet had been redesigned to the point where I couldnlt find the NTP client settings.

macice (neall-mclaren) said : #9

Have just realised that the ntp.conf file has been redesigned to use a special pool of servers within so this solves my problem :-)

enubuntu (mr.tennents) said : #10

Well, have a good 'experiment' with new ubuntu :)

Reinis Ivanovs (dabas) said : #11

I'm behind NAT, so the default NTP server pool doesn't work, and I don't understand how to change the time servers now, because I don't know which docs are outdated. Should I still edit /etc/ntpd.conf? Googling, I find references to various missing things: /etc/cron.daily/ntpdate, ntpd(8) and ntpd.conf(5), the old GUI etc. It's frustrating to have to waste time on a trivial setting like the time server. I also don't understand the solution posted here: "ntpd.conf file has been redesigned" — where is the file, and where can I read about this?