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[Bug 690662] New: ntp creates copy of /proc as /var/lib/ntp/proc when started during boot
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  • Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2011 19:08:30 +0000
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Summary: ntp creates copy of /proc as /var/lib/ntp/proc when
started during boot
Classification: openSUSE
Product: openSUSE 11.4
Version: Final
Platform: x86-64
OS/Version: openSUSE 11.4
Status: NEW
Severity: Normal
Priority: P5 - None
Component: Other
AssignedTo: bnc-team-screening@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
ReportedBy: linux@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
QAContact: qa@xxxxxxx
Found By: ---
Blocker: ---

User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:2.0.0) Gecko/20100101

I have just done an upgrade from OpenSUSE 11.3 to 11.4. Problem did not exist
before upgrade.

When ntp is set to start during boot, a complete copy of /proc appears as
/var/lib/ntp/proc. It behaves the same as the proc virtual file system.
Reports size as 104 Terabytes. It is not a link. When system is closed down
it is removed (checked from other OS on same machine).

If ntp is started manually after boot this does not happen.

Symptoms can be repeated at will.

I tried starting ntp from /etc/init.d/boot.local. Above behaviour did not
occur, BUT I found a directory /var/lib/ntp/var/lib which contains a link to
/var/lib/ntp. This link can be followed recursively until boredom sets in.

I also have a problem sometimes when I am unable to either logout or shutdown
from KDE. I think this only happens when ntp is running, but I cannot be sure
of this.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. boot without ntp started during boot.
2. Confirm no such dir as /var/lib/ntp/proc
3. Set ntp to start at boot and re-boot
4. Find /var/lib/ntp/proc which is identical to /proc
5. Close down this system and check by other means that this dir does not
exist, ie it is virtual.
Actual Results:
See above

Expected Results:
It should not have done this at all !

System is basically standard but with some additional software (normal SUSE
stuff), with all updates done as they appear.
I have looked at the logs but can find nothing that looks relevant. I am no
expert on the content of log files

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