Bug 217663 - ntp update resets "Synchronize system clock" flag
ntp update resets "Synchronize system clock" flag
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: dhcp (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: David Cantrell
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Reported: 2006-11-29 04:13 EST by Mary Ellen Foster
Modified: 2008-01-11 16:03 EST (History)
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Fixed In Version: F-7
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Last Closed: 2008-01-11 16:03:32 EST
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Description Mary Ellen Foster 2006-11-29 04:13:57 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.

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How reproducible:

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
Actual results:
Checkbox is checked again

Expected results:
Checkbox should stay unchecked
Comment 1 Miroslav Lichvar 2006-11-29 10:03:56 EST
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?
Comment 2 Mary Ellen Foster 2006-11-29 10:10:38 EST
Aha! Thanks for that; it's a bit clearer what might be going on.

Here's /etc/ntp/step-tickers:

Here's /etc/ntp/step-tickers.predhclient:
(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?
Comment 3 Miroslav Lichvar 2006-11-29 10:32:06 EST
Ok, dhclient is replacing the file.
Comment 4 David Cantrell 2006-11-29 12:00:02 EST
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

Comment 5 David Cantrell 2008-01-11 16:03:32 EST
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.

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