"if some alternative NTP server is to be used." should read "if some
alternative NTP client daemon is to be used." obviously =)
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NTP: take into account systemd-timesyncd where present
Status in cloud-init:
Status in systemd package in Ubuntu:
Currently, the NTP module configures ntpd during cloud-init install by
installing and configuring ntpd.
ntpd competes with systemd-timesyncd on systemd distros like Ubuntu
Ideally the NTP module should configure systemd-timesyncd where
present, falling back to ntpd where not present.
This stops two separate daemons (ntpd and systemd-timesyncd) competing
with each other to set the time, where systemd-timesyncd (on Ubuntu at
least) has an internal hardcoded compiled in timeserver to fall back
on if no timeserver is configured (which is bad, but what can you do).
The competing timeserver behaviour is invisible when the machine can
see the net, but logs this error constantly when the machine cannot
see the net:
systemd-timesyncd: Timed out waiting for reply from
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