Bug 55938 - org.freedesktop.timedate1 SetNTP should not always enable the ntpd.service
Summary: org.freedesktop.timedate1 SetNTP should not always enable the ntpd.service
Alias: None
Product: systemd
Classification: Unclassified
Component: general (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: Other Linux (All)
: medium normal
Assignee: systemd-bugs
QA Contact: systemd-bugs
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Reported: 2012-10-12 19:35 UTC by twelve.eighty
Modified: 2012-10-18 03:31 UTC (History)
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Description twelve.eighty 2012-10-12 19:35:36 UTC
When using systemd, NetworkManager, NTP and then networkmanager-dispatcher-ntpd to start NTP after NetworkManager has established a connection, the ntpd.service service gets enabled by a call to gdbus:

gdbus call \
        --system \
        --object-path /org/freedesktop/timedate1 \
        --dest org.freedesktop.timedate1 \
        --method org.freedesktop.timedate1.SetNTP true false

The problem is that the org.freedesktop.timedate1.SetNTP method appears to *enable* the ntpd.service and then start it. This should not be done, since in a NetworkManager scenario, the ntpd.service should be left disabled and only *started* when a connection is made.

The result of this bug is that upon a reboot, ntpd.service is automatically started, BEFORE network manager creates a connection. Even after ntpd.service is disabled again, the next time a connection is made, ntpd.service is re-enabled.

I believe this is the problem:

Line 871: r = enable_ntp(connection, &error);

I think that should be removed, so that only the remaining start_ntp() call is made.
Comment 1 Lennart Poettering 2012-10-17 16:39:43 UTC
Uh oh. THis is misusage of the SetNTP API really. That call is for enabling+starting NTP, nothing else. And that's documented in http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/systemd/timedated

NM should not invoke this call.
Comment 2 twelve.eighty 2012-10-18 03:31:39 UTC
Okay - that's fair enough. The real culprit is the networkmanager-dispatcher-ntpd package then. I'll take this to Arch's Bugzilla.

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