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Old 04-12-2005, 12:54 PM   #1
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Time in a bottle w/o child safety cap please!

Is there a nice, simple, EASY TO INSTALL program out there I can download to keep my clock up to date? I am experiencing time issues and want a program that will automatically update my clock when I turn on my computer.
Old 04-12-2005, 01:09 PM   #2
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ntpd or ntpdate is what you are looking for. There should be packages for your distro out there somewhere.
Old 04-12-2005, 01:44 PM   #3
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If you are willing to do a bit of compiling (no dependencies, no nothing), you can download the source code for such a program from NIST:
You may want to read a bit about the time standards at
In this README file it's said that you should use two files (except for the Makefile) to compile the program. However, they can be copy/pasted so you end up with only one file to compile (and you eliminate the need of the Makefile).
Once you have the executable, you can start it automatically with an init script or run it on a regular basis via cron.

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Old 04-12-2005, 01:56 PM   #4
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Great! I'll give them both a whirl. Thanks!
Old 04-12-2005, 07:12 PM   #5
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I took a look at Suse's package listings) and it seems that Suse pro 9.2 already contains ntpd in a package called xntp-4.2.0a-27.i586.rpm. The site says it's only on the DVD though. You can download it and the documentation package xntp-doc-4.2.0a-27.i586.rpm from any Suse FTP mirror.

In Fedora there's a way of setting up the clock synchronization from KDE or Gnome. There may be a similar built-in tool in Suse (look in time/date settings; ntpd has to be installed, of course).



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