[ntp:questions] Re: how to question: query an ntp server to return the date
Richard B. Gilbert
rgilbert88 at comcast.net
Thu Jan 27 12:45:13 UTC 2005
>thx for the reply.
>the problem is that the machine runs some old accounting package and
>the date actually needs to be changed back in time to do certain
>functions. stupid it is. but somehow i need to get the true date in
>order to run some backup and maintenance processes.
>any ideas on a way to do this?
>In article <CfOdnRcZMsc112XcRVn-oQ at comcast.com>, Richard B. Gilbert
><rgilbert88 at comcast.net> wrote:
>>>hi. i was wondering if anyone can help me.
>>>on a unix machine, i want to be able to query an ntp server and return
>>>just the actual date in the form mmddyy. ntpdate -q gives too much
>>>is there an easy way to do this?
>>>thx in advance,
>>The NTP protocol was not exactly designed to do what you want and
>>neither is the ntpdate utility. Is there some reason you can't simply
>>use "date +%m/%d/%g"? This does require that the Unix system's clock
>>be set more or less accurately. If the clock is not accurate, you can
>>use ntpdate to set the clock and then date to extracted a formatted
>>date/time. See man date and man strftime. "date+5m/+%d/%Y" will get
>>you mm/dd/yyyy if you want the four digit year.
>>If you need the UTC date rather than the local date, you can set your
>>time zone appropriately.
Sorry, not a clue. You may be the only one in the world who needs such
a thing! It might be easier to fix the accounting package!!
More information about the questions