[Pkg-sysvinit-devel] NTP bites dovecot

martin f krafft madduck at debian.org
Mon Jun 15 05:08:28 UTC 2009

Hello folks,

Dovecot occasionally dies on system startup:

  dovecot: Dovecot v1.0.15 starting up
  ntpd[2457]: synchronized to, stratum 1
  ntpd[2457]: time reset -9.462451 s
  ntpd[2457]: kernel time sync status change 0001
  dovecot: Time just moved backwards by 9 seconds. This might cause a lot of
    problems, so I'll just kill myself now. http://wiki.dovecot.org/TimeMovedBackwards

Arguably, this is just silly, but it does make me wonder what
a better solution is, than to spend months fighting dovecot

Dovecot loads at rc2/21 and ntp loads at rc2/23.

I think the best would be to move ntp earlier and use ntp-wait to
actually make the script block.

With dependency-based boot, we'd have to introduce another tag, e.g.
timesync, and dovecot would have to wait for that.


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