I didn't find any ntpd log file in /var/log. I am wondering where can I find those log files, thanks!


This may tell you if/where ntp activity is being logged:

grep log /etc/ntp.conf

You can also try:

ps auxww | grep '[n]tp'
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    And you can probably just grep for ntp in /var/log/messages. – Phil Hollenback Jan 23 '11 at 18:11
  • @Phil: That's true as carson said in his answer, however the log file can be changed in the conf file or by using a command line parameter. That's why I suggested something that would lead to where that alternative might be. – Dennis Williamson Jan 23 '11 at 18:16
  • Absolutely right Dennis. – Phil Hollenback Jan 23 '11 at 19:38

NTP doesn't normally generate many log messages nor have its own log file. Log messages on my system are found in /var/log/daemon.log.

Statistics are found in the statistics dir (/var/log/ntpstats on my system). Presence of statistics files are controlled by the filegen options in your ntp.conf file.


You should see them in /var/log/messages or wherever your syslog messages are going.

  • This is where my NTP logs are stored on Amazon Linux – Tim Dec 1 '17 at 20:56

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