Re: Bad NTP in Fedora repository?

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Bret Hughes wrote:
On Tue, 2003-11-18 at 22:04, Mike Klinke wrote:

On Tuesday 18 November 2003 15:08, Bob Arendt wrote:

When I upgraded, it appears that the ntp daemon (ntpd) now runs as
user "ntp".  My old /etc/ntp.conf referenced a /etc/ntp.drift file
that ntp now couldn't write - ntp also wants to create a temp file in
the driftfile directory. The new redhat scheme has the driftfile at
/var/lib/ntp/drift, with the directory and file belonging to user
ntp, group ntp.
-Bob Arendt

I added a bugzilla note for ntp/fedora earlier today:

If you feel it worth your time and my description in bugzilla is adequate enough please add your comments and perhaps we can get this resolved to keep others from having to go through this same problem.

What led you to check/discover the new user?

FYI ntp running under its own user is not new :

[bhughes@tulfw1 bhughes]$ cat /etc/redhat-release Red Hat Linux release 7.3 (Valhalla)

[bhughes@tulfw1 bhughes]$ ps axu|grep ntp
ntp       3417  0.0  4.1  1884 1876 ?        SL   Aug04   0:58 ntpd -U

[bhughes@tulfw1 bhughes]$ rpm -q ntp --last
ntp-4.1.1-1                                   Sat 18 Jan 2003 01:20:57


True, this behaviour may not be new.  I was getting this in /var/log/messages:
  ntpd[613]: can't open /etc/ntp.drift.TEMP: Permission denied

I assumed that ntpd is creating a new TEMP file, then renaming over the
old one.  Since it's running as "ntp" it couldn't create the file in /etc.
I may have copied my ntp.conf file (or portions of it) from an old Tru64
system, so it's likely that /etc/ntp.drift was my doing.  Looking in a RH8
rpm, they create /etc/ntp/drift, so the directory can belong to the deamon.

I've uninstalled and re-installed ntp and looked at the post-install script.
Looks like the FC1 RPM is doing the right thing.  It was *my* dumbass entry
for the drift file location that tripped me up.  Sorry for any confusion
this may have caused.
-Bob Arendt

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