Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 58836
ntp startup script falsely reports success on ntpdate sync failure
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:39:12 EDT
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Description of problem:
The startup script for ntp checks to see if /etc/ntp/step-tickers exists- if it
does, it tries to run ntpdate to sync the clock. However, the script reports
success even if ntpdate fails
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Change /etc/ntp/step-tickers to have an IP address of a server without ntp
2. (Re)start ntpd with /etc/init.d/ntpd.
Actual Results: Script reports success on ntpdate time sync.
Expected Results: Script should have reported failure on ntpdate time sync.
This bug confused us for quite some time as to why ntpd was not working
properly (considering the lack of good documentation on it- not even a man
fixed in 4.1.0b-5