Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 164469
failure to resolve any NTP host name results in 2 copies of ntpd running
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:10 EST
Description of problem:
Right now, resolving (0,1,2).pool.ntp.org requires a TCP DNS query, and some
of us, like me, are cursed with buggy routers that can't handle this properly.
When all of the hosts fail to resolve, 2 copies of ntpd are running.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Put NTP hostnames in /etc/ntp.conf that can't be resolved (for example, the
default ones if one's router is buggy).
2. Start ntpd.
Two copies of ntpd running.
One copy of ntpd.
It would help if pool.ntp.org was configured in a more conventional way, since
a firmware update, like a BIOS update, isn't likely before hell freezes over.
Please pass it on. (And thanks to bug #164426, I can't even avoid using the
router as my DNS server, so there's no workaround.)
Sometime within the last 4 hours or so, the configuration for pool.ntp.org was
fixed so it responds to ordinary UDP queries again, and my ntpd starts up
properly at boot time. Hence, triggering this bug will require replacing all of
the *.pool.ntp.org timeservers with ones that don't currently work.
When ntpd is processing the config file and resolving hostnames, it will fork
itself. It's probably not very nice but it's the way it works.