[ntp:questions] ntpd sets clock to the year 1939

Richard B. gilbert rgilbert88 at comcast.net
Mon Mar 26 23:01:00 UTC 2007

Robert Dodier wrote:
> On Mar 26, 12:50 pm, "Richard B. gilbert" <rgilber... at comcast.net>
> wrote:
>>I believe that there is a limit to the date/time range that ntpd can
>>handle and that it's something like 36 years.  Try setting the date
>>manually to something a little closer to being current.  If it's off by
>>less than 36 years, I think ntpd will handle it correctly.  A startup
>>script that set the date to a reasonable approximation; e.g. 2007 would
>>probably solve your problem and work for the next 36 years or so.
> Yes! That's it. I set the date by hand to Jan 1, 2007, and then ntpd
> was
> able to handle the rest. It seems odd to me that ntpd gets confused by
> too large a time difference, but oh well, it's OK the way it is.
> Thanks for your help,
> Robert Dodier

It's hardly ever a problem since most systems have a hardware clock of 
some sort that can supply a reasonable starting point.  In 2007, I don't 
think that 1970-is a reasonable starting point.

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