[systemd-devel] [PATCH] timedated: add configure option to set name of controlled NTP service

Lennart Poettering lennart at poettering.net
Mon Aug 25 18:27:10 PDT 2014

On Thu, 21.08.14 12:49, Miroslav Lichvar (mlichvar at redhat.com) wrote:

> This is useful for installations where some other service than
> systemd-timesyncd is used to synchronize the system clock.

What's the rationale here?

We recently removed support for configuring arbitrary NTP servers from
timedated, see b72ddf0f4f552dd53d6404b6ddbc9f17d02b8e12. YOu patch would
undo this change, but in a very limited way...

We decided to make timedated only manage timesyncd and nothing else, and
treat all other NTP servers as real servers that when installed and
enabled replace timesyncd. Hence: every other NTP server should really
take precedence over timesyncd, but only timesyncd is managable via
timedated. This sounds like the right thing to do, after all timesyncd
is really the simplest option to run for clients, and hence really is
what should be managed by GNOME.

Hope that makes some sense,


Lennart Poettering, Red Hat

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