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FS#41700 - [ntp] Use Arch Linux vendor NTP pool zone.

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by Wyatt J. Brown (sushidude) - Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 11:29 GMT
Last edited by Gaetan Bisson (vesath) - Sunday, 07 September 2014, 07:06 GMT
Task Type Bug Report
Category Packages: Extra
Status Closed
Assigned To Gaetan Bisson (vesath)
Architecture All
Severity Medium
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 1
Private No

Details

Description:
The rules of the NTP Pool Project dictate that Arch Linux must absolutely not use the default pool.ntp.org zone names as the default configuration.
http://www.pool.ntp.org/en/vendors.html#vendor-zone


Additional info:
* package version(s)
ntp 4.2.7.p465-1
* config and/or log files etc.
The NTP configuration file must be updated to use the Arch Linux vendor zone once it is approved.
This task depends upon

Closed by  Gaetan Bisson (vesath)
Sunday, 07 September 2014, 07:06 GMT
Reason for closing:  Implemented
Additional comments about closing:  ntp-4.2.7.p465-2 in [extra]
Comment by Gaetan Bisson (vesath) - Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 20:03 GMT
Hum, the NTP pool site says "To allow you to use the pool as the default time service in your application, we will set you up with special hostnames."

Does that really apply to us? Our "application" is a run-of-the-mill ntpd... What do other Linux distros do?

Comment by Dave Reisner (falconindy) - Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 21:50 GMT
> Does that really apply to us? Our "application" is a run-of-the-mill ntpd...
The pool site also mentions "Operating System vendors (Debian, RedHat, FreeBSD, m0n0wall, ...)" as the intended audience. I think we're pretty clearly in that bucket. It also goes on to talk say:

"If you have an open source ntpd implementation or an operating system including ntpd, we ask that you make a reference in the configuration file or documentation encouraging people to join the pool."

So, regardless of who wrote the NTP implementation, we're on the hook for shipping a configuration which abides by the pool's usage guidelines.

> What do other Linux distros do?
Via ping, I've found that at least the following exist:

0.fedora.pool.ntp.org
0.ubuntu.pool.ntp.org
0.opensuse.pool.ntp.org
0.gentoo.pool.ntp.org
0.debian.pool.ntp.org

So, I think following suit and getting a vendor zone is the Right Thing To Do™.
Comment by Gaetan Bisson (vesath) - Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 23:38 GMT
Thanks a lot for the details. I've submitted an application in Arch's name.

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