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

David J Taylor david-taylor at blueyonder.not-this-bit.nor-this-part.co.uk
Tue Mar 27 07:49:36 UTC 2007

Richard B. gilbert wrote:
> 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.

Whilst I have some sympathy for that viewpoint, NTP should not today have 
that 30-year limitation (delighted to hear it is being extended).

It is not a defect of the OS that it allows its real-time clock to be set 
/before/ the base time - 1970?


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