timedatex replacing systemd-timedated for NTP packages
mlichvar at redhat.com
Tue Nov 25 15:23:15 UTC 2014
This is about bug #1136905 , discussed previously on the systemd list
 and also on our desktop list .
The issue is that systemd-timedated now supports only systemd-timesyncd
for NTP and ignores other NTP services installed on the system. It doesn't
know that chronyd or ntpd is enabled (usually by system-config-date after
the installation) and switching NTP in timedate clients such as
timedatectl and GNOME control center is broken.
If we want to have this working correctly with chronyd/ntpd, at this point
it seems the only reasonable option is to replace systemd-timedated.
timedatex is a new implementation of the timedate interface that was
recently added to Fedora. It reads the list of NTP units from a directory
as systemd-timedated used to do. When installed, systemd will start it for
the timedate bus name instead of systemd-timedated. The timedate clients
should work as expected, please report bugs if not.
One suggestion was to install it as a dependency of the NTP packages.
Is this a good idea? Should this first go through the Fedora change
process or at least be documented somewhere?
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