[Bug 668748] [NEW] Unable to contact time server

Launchpad Bug Tracker 668748 at bugs.launchpad.net
Sun Apr 15 15:41:58 UTC 2012

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Kubuntu 10.10, KDE 4.5.1

When I try to modify the time server in the KDE Date and Time settings
panel I get a message like:

"Unable to contact time server: europe.pool.ntp.org"

I can ping the time pool server:
PING europe.pool.org ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from url.hover.com ( icmp_req=1 ttl=118 time=114 ms

The bug only occurs when the package "ntp" is installed. It does not
occur when I uninstall the package or when I disable ntpd with "sudo
service ntp stop".

Also, I noticed that the ntpdate startup script does behave nicely: it
stops ntpd before running ntpdate.

Quoting /etc/network/if-up.d/ntpdate :
    invoke-rc.d --quiet ntp stop >/dev/null 2>&1 || true
    /usr/sbin/ntpdate-debian -s $OPTS 2>/dev/null || :
    invoke-rc.d --quiet ntp start >/dev/null 2>&1 || true

Is there perhaps another, less nicely behaving script or program
somewhere (in KDE perhaps?) that invokes ntpdate-debian without stopping
ntpd, when the user tries to change something in the Date and Time
settings panel?

** Affects: kde-baseapps (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New

** Tags: maverick
Unable to contact time server
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