NTP_WAIT(8) BSD System Manager’s Manual NTP_WAIT(8)


ntp-wait — Wait for ntpd to stabilize the system clock


ntp-wait [-flags] [-flag [value]] [--option-name[

=| ]value ]]

All arguments must be options.


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.

number, --tries=number

Number of times to check ntpd. This option takes an integer number as its argument. The default number for this option is:

The maximum number of times we will check ntpd to see if
it has been able to synchronize and stabilize the system clock.

-s secs-between-tries, --sleep=secs-between-tries

How long to sleep between tries. This option takes an integer number as its argument. The default secs-between-tries for this option is:

We will sleep for secs-between-tries after each query
of ntpd that returns "the time is not yet stable".

-v, --verbose

Be verbose.

By default, ntp-wait is silent.
With this option, ntp-wait will provide status information.

-?, --help

Display usage information and exit.

-!, --more-help

Pass the extended usage information through a pager.

-v [{v|c|n --version [{v|c|n}]}]

Output version of program and exit. The default mode is ’v’, a simple version. The ’c’ mode will print copyright information and ’n’ will print the full copyright notice.


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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Harlan Stenn


This document corresponds to version 4.2.8p10 of NTP.

This manual page was AutoGen-erated from the ntp-wait option definitions.

BSD March 21 2017 BSD