xntp & 2.0.24 disaster - is anybody listening ?

Grant Guenther (grant@torque.net)
Mon, 4 Nov 1996 09:40:24 -0500 (EST)

Hi all

I've posted reports about this twice now, but vger seems to be acting
strangely and I've not received them back, so I'd better try again ...

On Thursday evening I upgraded one of my machines from 2.0.0 to 2.0.24
because I thought that might fix some TCP problems I was seeing.

That machine happens to run xntpd. Since the upgrade, cron has been acting
strangely, apparently running jobs as many as five times in parallel -
or almost in parallel. One of the unfortunate side effects has been the
loss of most of my log files as the aging algorithms were never designed
to be reentrant :-(

I've pursued a number of false leads - with no effect. Currently I have
xntpd disabled, and one of the minor observable symptoms (a monitoring
shell script that was printing false warnings about named having died)
has gone away.

xntpd was version 3.5f - current as far as I can tell. Have I missed any
cron related required upgrades, perhaps ?

Grant R. Guenther grant@torque.net