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Old 03-31-2005, 07:28 AM   #1
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set system time

I don't know much about clocks.. but in xfce, and when i type clock, or date, i get
Thu 31 Mar 2005 01:21:45 PM BST -0.866873 seconds

when its supposed to be 2:21.
Thu Mar 31 13:27:00 BST 2005

My system's time didn't change with the summer/winter timechange last week.

If i manually set the clock, reboot, it goes back to the wrong time again. How can i correctly fix this problem?
Old 03-31-2005, 07:37 AM   #2
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For my part I have a cron for root that set the time everyday at 21:00

0 21 * * * /usr/sbin/ntpdate 1> /dev/null 2> /dev/null

(I set the time server to here as I see you are in UK)
for more servers

Could you post the output with :
ls -l /etc/localtime-copied-from

Last edited by keefaz; 03-31-2005 at 07:43 AM.
Old 03-31-2005, 08:31 AM   #3
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Sounds like a problem with the hardware clock or you have the wronf locale set for localtime.

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Old 03-31-2005, 08:56 AM   #4
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Sounds as if you need to run timeconfig. That should correctly set up /etc/hardwareclock and /etc/localtime.

On my machine, /etc/hardwareclock contains the line:


(indicating that my hardware clock is set to UTC - as it should be), and /etc/localtime is a copy of /usr/share/zoneinfo/Europe/London (I'm in the UK too).


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