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Old 03-08-2004, 05:56 AM   #1
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Question KDE Clock changes time on hide/unhide

I have a very bizarre problem on two linux boxes installed by me (which may be the source of all my troubles ). One is a Dell Laptop, the other a homemade PC. Both are running SuSE Linux 9.0 and KDE.

After login, the KDE Clock displays the correct time. After working for a while (and I do not stare at the clock for the whole time) I notice that a wrong time is displayed: somtimes 1h off, somtimes 8h, whatever.

The bizarre part is that the time displays changes when I hide/unhide the KDE taskbar and with it the clock. Sometimes it takes several tries to get back the display of the correct time.

Typing "date" and "hwclock --show" in the console always gives the correct time. I do not run ntp (kind of pointless information, since the system clocks CMOS and Linux are both correct as calling date and hwclock shows). I run under localtime on both systems. Oh, the time under XP also is correct.

It seems that the KDE clock somehow starts misinterpreting timezone settings - and does this when redisplaying. But why? And more important: how do I fix this?

Running ntp is an option for the PC, but not for the Laptop for obvious reasons.

Old 07-15-2004, 07:04 AM   #2
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Thumbs up Solved in 9.1

It's a bit silly replying to my own post, but just to let you know: the problem is gone in SuSE 9.1. I still don't know what caused it though ...
Old 08-04-2004, 11:34 AM   #3
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I have the same problem on a RedHat linux box....

Very frustrating. It is intermittent and doesn't appear to affect every user.

Old 08-24-2004, 08:47 PM   #4
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I have this problem on a laptop with fedora core 2 and KDE. Has anyone seen an answer anywhere?
Old 09-17-2004, 07:00 PM   #5
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I came here looking for help with this problem.
But I solved it myself, the solution (for me) was really quite simple.
What I did was remove all references to time zones in the clock configuration menu, including my own.
I run gentoo, the way I set my time zone is to create a symlink from /usr/share/zoneinfo/path_to_timezone_file (put your own here) /etc/localtime.
ln -sf /usr/share/zoneinfo/Pacific /etc/localtime
The clock then displayed the correct time.


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