[pkg-ntp-maintainers] Bug#561622: Bug#561622: Race condition between ntp and NetworkManager at entry to runlevel 2
kurt at roeckx.be
Fri Dec 18 22:03:12 UTC 2009
On Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 11:40:15AM -0800, Carl Mascott wrote:
> Subject: Race condition between ntp and NetworkManager at entry to runlevel 2
> Package: ntp
> Version: 1:4.2.4p4+dfsg-8lenny3
> Severity: important
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> Related bug: 535049
> Symptom: On some startups ntpq -p reports "No association ID's...".
> On other startups ntpq -p reports servers & status normally.
> I.E., problem is intermittent.
> Cause: When ntpq -p reports "No association ID's..." it is because
> NetworkManager has not yet brought up the network interface
> (eth0 for me) when ntpd is trying to resolve server IP
> addresses. If ntpd gives up on resolving addresses at
> this point it will never try again later.
> Effect: ntpd does not provide time unless restarted manually.
> Scope: The symptom I see is a problem with ntp. The underlying
> cause could affect other network services as well.
> Non-solution: Reorder startup scripts in /etc/rc2.d.
> Correct solution: ??
I have no idea why ntpd is saying that resolving failed. But that
means it got a permanent error resolving from somewhere. I have
no idea how your configuration is set up, but I never get such
I can perfectly bring up my wireless after some time, and ntpd
will pick up the servers after some time. Note that it doesn't
directly get them when the network gets up, but it does get them.
Anyway, the current ntp init script has this in it:
# Required-Start: $network
I have no idea how that interacts with network manager, but I
would expect atleast some basic things to work.
Do you know what's in your /etc/resolv.conf before the network
is brought up by network manager? Do you have some sort of
local nameserver? What does "grep ^hosts /etc/nsswitch.conf"
What I find weird in your log is:
> Dec 18 09:26:08 ganymede ntpd: signal_no_reset: signal 17 had flags 4000000
I've never seen that message before. It seems the child sees
an old signal halder for SIGCHLD with SA_RESTORER set. (I have
no idea why ntpd is logging this.) This is probably unrelated
to your problem.
> Workaround: Use modified version of etch's /etc/network/if-up.d/ntp
> script as follows:
There should not be a need to restart ntpd, I think something
else is broken.
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