[root@akr-odba1 ~ 10:40 AM]# cat /etc/issue
Oracle Linux Server release 5.8 - Kernel \r on an \m
Question: How does one set the NTP setting on issue release 5.8 of Oracle Linux?
Background: The default settings are pointing to random locations. I would like to use pool.ntp.org.
However the configuation settings from differ on the 5.8 release. Specifically, the /var/lib/ntp/ntp.drift file missing.
Additionally, the command driftfile is not found.
You can check and modify /etc/ntp.conf to use the NTP server of your choice. By default it is using public servers from the pool.ntp.org project. For more details http://www.pool.ntp.org/join.html.
Then type "ntpq" and enter "peers" to see if you can connect.
The ntpd behavior at startup depends on whether the frequency file, usually /etc/ntp.drift, exists. It should be created automatically after 15 minutes. It may take some hours for the frequency and offset to settle down. See "Frequency Discipline" at http://doc.ntp.org/4.1.0/ntpd.htm
If there is too much offset between your CMOS clock and the NTP time, you can use the following command to update the CMOS clock.
You can also schedule this in cron if your hardware clock is bad. Maybe you need to replace the CMOS battery.