ntpd startup too early + hangs

Dan Williams dcbw at redhat.com
Wed Feb 2 12:59:12 UTC 2005

On Wed, 2 Feb 2005, Neal Becker wrote:
> In FC3 ntpd has 2 problems
> 1) Starts too early
> 2) hangs
> Especially if you want to use NetworkManager (which starts very late), ntpd
> should be started later.
> ntpd failing to start hangs the startup for about 10-15 seconds.  This
> shouldn't happen.

Problem is that ntpd is too dumb to know when you have a network connecction and 
when you don't.  NetworkManager can't be started earlier because dbus & hal 
aren't started early, because they are installed in /usr and that's not 
guaranteed to be mounted until somewhere in the middle of the boot process.  
ntpd needs to be smarter about when it does & does not look for servers based on 
whether or not there's a connection.


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