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On my Ubuntu 13.04 (using AWS). When I start a new machine or when I reboot my machine ntp does not start and I see the following in the syslog:

Jan 10 02:56:49 ntpd: unable to bind to wildcard address - another process may be running - EXITING

I also notice that before this ntpdate was used to adjust time

Jan 10 02:45:20 ntpdate[960]: adjust time server offset -0.000259 sec

I am not sure if this is a race condition or me missing something here, I would appreciate if anyone can help me out here.


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This is because the ntpdate is running when you try to start the server. I haven't found reasons why to leave it installed so you could remove it if you are using ntp daemon:

sudo apt-get remove ntpdate
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I've seen this on Debian Jessie. The cause appears to be a race between /etc/init.d/ntp and /etc/network/if-up.d/ntpdate, both of which appear to contain logic to lock each other out that doesn't actually work.

I like having the ntpdate command available even though I rarely use it, so rather than uninstall ntpdate altogether I've just inserted

exit 0

as the second line of /etc/network/if-up.d/ntpdate, which makes it do nothing. My ntp daemon now starts successfully at boot time.

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Had a similar problem on Debian 5,

a simple restart of ntp solved it for me

/etc/init.d/ntp stop
/etc/init.d/ntp start

just in case other have same problem

NTPD was recently installed, it seems that a restart after install is needed, I noticed this on Debian 6 also.

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This was fixed in 2008 by adding locking, but if you disabled installing Recommends or uninstalled lockfile-progs then you will still have this problem (note that you should expect problems if you disabled installing Recommends).

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