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Old 08-27-2003, 09:14 AM   #1
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setting my time server (ntp)


How do I set my time to a time server? In mandrake, it was a question during setup.

Thanks for any help.
 
Old 08-27-2003, 02:20 PM   #2
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I use the ntpdate command, the syntax is:
ntpdate server.whatever.com



You can google for a list of servers, Or check the ntp.org homepage.

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Old 08-27-2003, 06:39 PM   #3
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I'm sure it works. Thanks. I was wondering how to make this happen like everyday or something. I thought there was just a setting somewhere or a program that mandrake had or something.

On a windoze box:
Code:
c:\>net time /setsntp:time.nrc.ca
On a Linux box:
Code:
drew@workstation1:~> su
Password:
workstation1:/home/drew # ntpdate time.nrc.ca
27 Aug 19:33:31 ntpdate[10335]: no server suitable for synchronization found
workstation1:/home/drew #
Thanks for your help.
 
Old 08-27-2003, 10:29 PM   #4
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Actually Mandrake has a tool, it's rdate, here's a page I found for info on using both rdate and ntpdate :
http://twiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Wikile...our_clock_to_a

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Old 08-27-2003, 10:57 PM   #5
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awesome. I read the whole page. Learned a bit about time. How would I do that command on a schedule? I did this command and it worked.

ntpdate -b -s time.nrc.ca && hwclock --systohc
 
Old 08-27-2003, 11:34 PM   #6
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I'd personally setup a cronjob (maybe I did even, let's check.. Yep!) in /etc/cron.daily if your distro has it (I just realized this may not be in Mandrake ) if not, I'd use crontab to create a cronjob:
crontab -e

To edit your cronjobs, then:
Code:
* 4 * * * /path/to/ntpdate  1> /dev/null
Might be something you wanna use. Check man crontab for more info on that

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Old 08-28-2003, 08:22 AM   #7
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I found a program called Kcron in my sUsE Kmenu, I used that and it seems to work. Kcron did not ask me for root access and I need root to use this command, ntpdate. Does this matter?
 
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It probably does, so you'll likely want to set that up after you login as root

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Old 08-28-2003, 04:13 PM   #9
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you mean, login to X as root? I was always told that was a bad idea. So if that's what you mean, I set all that up, logout and back in as my user and it's all good? The schedule will still run even though root is not logged in?
 
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Well, you can login to X as root, you just want to be careful, do it as little as possible, and try other options first

You can also see if xhost+localhost is already setup on your system and maybe you can run X apps as root in your user's window. Open up a console, su to root, then type:
kcron
And see if it opens it up as root. If it does, cool. Do your thing, save and exit.

If not, feel free to learn about xhost, and/or login as root, startx, do your thing, get out, and do that as little as possible.

I personally use Root's X about, oh, once every other month, for various things. Just wanna be careful with it, and do it as little as possible.

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