Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 217663
ntp update resets "Synchronize system clock" flag
Last modified: 2008-01-11 16:03:32 EST
Description of problem:
I generally bring up my network after I boot my laptop. I like to use ntp, but I
don't want it to do the initial "ntpdate" on boot because it'll always fail, so
I un-check the "Synchronize system clock before starting service" flag in
system-config-time. But every time there's a new version of ntp (as there was
yesterday), that flag gets reset and I get an ugly "FAILED" on boot again until
I rerun the configuration and uncheck it again.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Run system-config-time and uncheck the "Synchronize system clock before
starting service" advanced option
2. Update to a new version of ntp
Checkbox is checked again
Checkbox should stay unchecked
Hmm, weird. The ntp package has empty /etc/ntp/step-tickers file, the update of
ntp package shouldn't replace the empty file with something.
What is the content of the file?
Aha! Thanks for that; it's a bit clearer what might be going on.
(yes, an empty file)
The two IP addresses in the above are local NTP servers that, I suspect, are
provided by the DHCP server at work where I plug in my laptop. Is this somehow
interacting with the ntp configuration?
Ok, dhclient is replacing the file.
I've fixed this problem and prepared an update for FC-6. The new package is
dhcp-3.0.5-1.fc6. It's currently available in the testing updates repository.
Please test it out and let me know if it works so I can move it to final update
Well, FC-6 is now end of life. This fix has been incorporated in to both Fedora
7 and Fedora 8 as well as rawhide.