[Freedombox-discuss] Serving NTP from my FreedomBox

James Valleroy jvalleroy at mailbox.org
Sun Jan 7 15:21:53 GMT 2024

On 1/6/24 5:34 PM, Stefan Monnier via Freedombox-discuss wrote:
> FreedomBox is a great way to setup many different services, but I can't
> seem to figure out how to make it serve the time via the NTP protocol.
> I tried to do it by hand, but I can't install `ntpsec` because it
> conflicts with the `systemd-timesyncd` package which is required
> by FreedomBox.
> What am I missing?

There are 4 Debian packages that provide the virtual package 
"time-daemon": https://packages.debian.org/stable/virtual/time-daemon

All 4 of them also have Conflicts relation with time-daemon, so they 
conflict with the other 3 packages that provide it.

At the moment, I don't see any good solution that would allow you to run 
ntpsec on FreedomBox. There would be a fundamental conflict between 
these 2 goals:
1) Let someone decide on purpose to install ntpsec.
2) Ensure that FreedomBox works correctly, even if ntpsec just 
"happened" to be installed before (not through a purposeful decision). 
We have seen that some VPSes add various "default" packages (for 
firewall, time server, etc.) to their Debian images.

One possible work-around might be to run ntpsec in a container.
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