[pkg-ntp-maintainers] Bug#407336: ntp: undesirable behaviour of overwriting conf file based on dhcp unconfigurable

Tim Connors reportbug at rather.puzzling.org
Wed Jan 17 18:48:25 CET 2007

Package: ntp
Version: 1:4.2.2.p4+dfsg-1
Severity: normal

ntp now takes servers from the dhcp client without asking, and without
being overridable.  It overwrites servers that were rather
deliberately chosen, and there does not seem to be a config option to
tell it not to do that.  The mere existance of a /etc/ntp.conf.dhcp
file that may or may not be stale and out of date after the event of a
unclean shutdown is enough to tell ntp via the init.d/ntp script to
ignore my own config file.

In the presence of (the default!) *.pool.ntp.org, this is also rather
pointless, IMNSHO.  

If you must include both this and the (broken; see #399905) restart
upon dhcp obtaining a new lease, please make it so the admin can
disable it by means other than deleting the script, such that they
will be preserved over upgrades?

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 4.0
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Shell:  /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
Kernel: Linux
Locale: LANG=en_AU, LC_CTYPE=en_AU (charmap=ISO-8859-1)

Versions of packages ntp depends on:
ii  adduser                      3.101       Add and remove users and groups
ii  libc6                        2.3.6.ds1-9 GNU C Library: Shared libraries
ii  libcap1                      1:1.10-14   support for getting/setting POSIX.
ii  libreadline5                 5.2-2       GNU readline and history libraries
ii  libssl0.9.8                  0.9.8c-4    SSL shared libraries
ii  lsb-base                     3.1-22      Linux Standard Base 3.1 init scrip
ii  netbase                      4.28        Basic TCP/IP networking system
ii  perl                         5.8.8-7     Larry Wall's Practical Extraction 

ntp recommends no packages.

-- no debconf information

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