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

Robert Dodier robert.dodier at gmail.com
Tue Mar 27 18:26:16 UTC 2007


On Mar 27, 10:12 am, G... at symmetricom.com (Greg Dowd) wrote:

> Dave had talked about having ntp log an error, and/or die, if it is
> invoked on a system where the time difference between the const compile
> time and the system time exceeds some window.  This doesn't help
> embedded systems guys but it might help system operators trying to debug
> why ntp can't set time correctly.  I don't believe this was ever added
> to the codebase.

Well, even if the code is not changed, it would be extremely helpful
to document the actual behavior of ntpd -g.

That way people know that a ballpark date adjustment
is necessary before ntpd can do anything useful.
Even embedded systems guys read man pages ....

FWIW
Robert Dodier




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