ntpdate Fails To Sync Time With "the NTP socket is in use, exiting" Message (Doc ID 986493.1)

Last updated on MARCH 08, 2017

Applies to:

Linux OS - Version: 2.6.9-41
Linux x86
Linux x86-64

Symptoms

When you try to sync time with ntpdate, it fails with the following syslog message:
# ntpdate clock.redhat.com
7 Jan 18:05:52 ntpdate[17316]: the NTP socket is in use, exiting

Cause

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