ntpd startup too early + hangs

Jeff Pitman symbiont at berlios.de
Wed Feb 2 14:05:12 UTC 2005

On Wednesday 02 February 2005 20:59, Dan Williams wrote:
> > 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.

It's actually ntpdate, executed by the startup script with a sampling of 
8 packets (-p 8).  ntpdate is actually supposed to be a deprecated 
utility.  Remove /etc/ntp/step-servers to skip the ntpdate step, which 
will block the bootup process.  ntpd will then be executed with the -g 
parameter, which will perform ntpdate type functionality on a first 
synchronization with the time servers.  Subsequent syncs will use 
slew/step corrections instead.

This *should* be bugzilla'd.

have fun,

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