[ntp:questions] Re: NTPD 4 hours off date problem

David Schwartz davids at webmaster.com
Tue May 10 05:32:19 UTC 2005

"X.B." <xbntp at mailinator.com> wrote in message 
news:d5npin$ir6$1 at s1.news.oleane.net...

> The computer i'm using has no cmos battery, so each time it is cold 
> rebooted, the internal clock is set to something around 01-01-2000.

> I've gone through the source code, and found that antenna's NTP packets 
> are thrown out (1) because the date they contain is more than 4 hours ( 
> CLOSETIME 4*60*60 ) off the system date ... So ntpd refuse to set the 
> date.

> Alas, this 4 hours delay check cannot be disabled using -g

> I couldn't find any reasonable solution to overcome this problem.

> - ntpdate ( which seems to become obsolescent ) cannot work with the 
> acutime ( as far as i understand )
> - i've no other time reference that the Gps antenna. So i cannot set the 
> date even aproximatively
> - i cannot come and manually set an aproximative date each time the 
> computer gets cold-rebooted :)

    Just use a quick and dirty program to jump the system time based on the 
time from the GPS device. You want to run this program very early in your 
boot process.


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