The default configuration is defined during compilation, so a
configuration file is only needed when it is necessary to deviate
from those defaults. By default, the configuration file in
/etc/systemd/ contains commented out entries showing the defaults as
a guide to the administrator. This file can be edited to create local
When packages need to customize the configuration, they can install
configuration snippets in /usr/lib/systemd/*.conf.d/. Files in /etc/
are reserved for the local administrator, who may use this logic to
override the configuration files installed by vendor packages. The
main configuration file is read before any of the configuration
directories, and has the lowest precedence; entries in a file in any
configuration directory override entries in the single configuration
file. Files in the *.conf.d/ configuration subdirectories are sorted
by their filename in lexicographic order, regardless of which of the
subdirectories they reside in. If multiple files specify the same
option, the entry in the file with the lexicographically latest name
takes precedence. It is recommended to prefix all filenames in those
subdirectories with a two-digit number and a dash, to simplify the
ordering of the files.
To disable a configuration file supplied by the vendor, the
recommended way is to place a symlink to /dev/null in the
configuration directory in /etc/, with the same filename as the
vendor configuration file.
The following settings are configured in the "[Time]" section:
A space-separated list of NTP server host names or IP addresses.
During runtime this list is combined with any per-interface NTP
servers acquired from systemd-networkd.service(8).
systemd-timesyncd will contact all configured system or
per-interface servers in turn until one is found that responds.
This setting defaults to an empty list.
A space-separated list of NTP server host names or IP addresses
to be used as the fallback NTP servers. Any per-interface NTP
servers obtained from systemd-networkd.service(8) take precedence
over this setting, as do any servers set via NTP= above. This
setting is hence only used if no other NTP server information is
known. If this option is not given, a compiled-in list of NTP
servers is used instead.
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