[ntp:questions] System time changes only on restarting ntpd service and query about iterating through the sources

Harlan Stenn stenn at ntp.org
Tue Sep 4 08:42:51 UTC 2012

Arpith Nayak writes:
> Hi all,
> I'm running into this problem.  The system time is set to 1970 after every
> system reboot.

Dead BIOS battery?

> The first time I enable ntpd it is contacting the ntp source and
> getting the updated time. However it is unable to change the system
> time immediately. Only after I stop the service and start it again
> does the system time get changed. Has anyone else observed this
> behaviour?

What version of NTP?  What startup command-line flags are you using?

What does your ntp.conf file look like?

> Also is there any way to iteratively consult the various server
> addresses given in the ntp.conf file?

ntpd checks all of the servers and server addresses listed in the
ntp.conf file.


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