This bug was fixed in the package ntp - 1:4.2.8p8+dfsg-1ubuntu2

ntp (1:4.2.8p8+dfsg-1ubuntu2) yakkety; urgency=medium

  * Fix ntpdate-debian to be able to parse new config of ntp (LP:

 -- Christian Ehrhardt <>  Fri, 26 Aug
2016 15:11:15 +0200

** Changed in: ntp (Ubuntu)
       Status: Fix Committed => Fix Released

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  ntpdate-debian not working

Status in ntp package in Ubuntu:
  Fix Released
Status in ntp source package in Xenial:
Status in ntp package in Debian:

Bug description:

   * ntpdate-debian fails to work if ntp is installed at the same time
  due to a conflict in the updated ntp config to the ntpdate-debian

  [Test Case]
  # e.g. spawn xenial container
  # Note: only occurs when ntp is installed as well
  $ apt-get install ntpdate ntp
  $ ntpdate-debian
  (Note for latter verification enable proposed in that container and re-update 

  [Regression Potential]

   * There could exists a custom user conf that had a mixed server AND
  pool specified, that now will use the first of both types while
  instead formerly it would have used the first server entry. The chance
  for this is super-low IMHO, but this case exists.


  in 16.04 I get this
  # ntpdate-debian
  28 Apr 09:54:14 ntpdate[30747]: no servers can be used, exiting

  The problem is that ntpdate-debian parse  /etc/ntp.conf, searchin for the 
word "server",
  but the format of the file as changed a bit

  < server
  < server
  < server
  < server
  > pool iburst
  > pool iburst
  > pool iburst
  > pool iburst
  < server
  > pool

  the word server as been replaced by "pool"

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