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Description of problem:
ntpd produces the following error in /var/log/messages:
can't open /etc/ntp/drift.TEMP: Permission denied
The default /etc/sysconfig/ntpd config runs ntpd as the ntp user, which is fine. However, the ntpd user cannot write to /etc/ntp by default, so ntpd is unable to create the drift file.
The solution is to change the permissions on /etc/ntp to ntp:root and chmod 775.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Enable ntpd
2. See error about drift.TEMP in syslog
Expected Results: No error messages.
The manual says the drift file should be in /var/lib/ntp, which is owned by
ntp.ntp mode 755.
Perhaps a line like
is required in
To comment #1
# Drift file. Put this in a directory which the daemon can write to.
# No symbolic links allowed, either, since the daemon updates the file
# by creating a temporary in the same directory and then rename()'ing
# it to the file.