Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 105893
/etc/ntp/data directory does not exist
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:31 EST
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Description of problem:
ntpd is complaining it can't open /etc/ntp/data/drift.TEMP in
Sep 28 14:20:22 steverod ntpd: can't open /etc/ntp/data/drift.TEMP: No
such file or directory
This is logged every hour in /var/log/messages.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Start fedora beta 2
2.After a couple of hours, search through /var/log/messages for messages
similar to above.
Actual Results: Log file has entries from ntpd as mentioned above.
Expected Results: Ntpd should not write these log entries to /var/log/messages.
*** Bug 106374 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
does dhcp modify your /etc/ntp.conf?? driftfile should be
I guess I don't understand the question fully, but I'll provide some additional
As I described in Bug 106374, the only steps performed was to...
- install Fedora test 2
- as part of the settings, select NTP
I don't see how dhcp has anything to do with where the ntp drift file goes. For
a cross check, I looked at /etc/dhcpd.conf on our dhcp server and the *only*
line with ntp on it is...
option ntp-servers overlord, gsde-serv1, gsde-serv2;
which IP addresses appear in /etc/ntpd.conf as part of...
# generated by /sbin/dhclient-script
restrict default ignore
restrict 126.96.36.199 nomodify notrap noquery
restrict 188.8.131.52 nomodify notrap noquery
restrict 184.108.40.206 nomodify notrap noquery
But there is a clue - #created by /sbin/dhclient-script. That file has the
grep ntp /sbin/dhclient-script
elif [ -n "$new_ntp_servers" ] && [ -e /etc/ntp.conf ]; then
cat <<EOF > /etc/ntp.conf
echo '# generated by /sbin/dhclient-script' > /etc/ntp/step-tickers
for I in $new_ntp_servers; do
echo "restrict $I nomodify notrap noquery" >> /etc/ntp.conf
echo "server $I" >> /etc/ntp.conf
echo "$I" >> /etc/ntp/step-tickers
So I believe we have found the culprit. If you want it in /var - please change
the scripts that set up ntp "make it so".
changing component to dhcp
Fixed in dhcp-3_0pl2-6_16
Should be in Rawhide shortly.
Also occurs in RHEL 3. - problem is in the coding of
/sbin/dhclient-script in dhclient-3.0p12-6.14
A fix should be sent through up2date for RHEL systems.
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
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