Rolling back time

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Old 03-25-2002
Question Rolling back time

Hi all,

Have a small problem.
Back in October the pervious sys-admin (of a client's company) made the necessary adjustments to the system clock for daylight savings (Sydney time - +11 GMT).

As far as I can gather, they just amended the time - NO TIMEZONE !?!

Is there an effective and safe way that I might be able to roll-back the system-clock without droping the system altogether?

The system is (I believe) SCO OpenServer 5.0.5..

Any assistance with this will be appreciated as the rollback date is at the end of this month.
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Old 03-25-2002
If you use xntpd to set the time, it can gradually slew the clock over several days or weeks (depending on how far out of whack it is)
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Old 03-25-2002
Computer xntpd

Yes, xntpd is the best way to get the time back in whack.
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Old 03-26-2002
Thanks guys.

You wouldn't happend to know of any examples/web-pages for this sucker?
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Old 03-26-2002
Here's a link on NTP - Network Time Protocol from the FreeBSD Handbook:
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Old 03-26-2002
Ideally, you want to set your system time to Zulu Time and then set your timezone variable so that your local software handles everything right for your locale. I would try hard for that solution. But in this thread we saw that peter.herlihy had a problem with an unusual timezone too. Most modern variants of unix now have very programmable timezone software. But some older versions only really support US timezones well.

It may be that if you use ntp to sync your clocks that you are left with no way to display the correct local time. If so, you may be forced to misalign your system clock. This is unfortunate, but it's what I would do if I were forced into it. If this is the case, you do do not want ntp.

When one of my system clocks is very far off for some odd reason, I do not patiently wait for ntp to correct the situation. I want instant gratification.

So to answer your original question, kill cron, then change the time, then restart cron. If cron sees the time change, it will catch up or stop running until it thinks it resyncs. Also be sure that no one is using "make". It's best to do this at a time when no one is using the system. If that's not possible, let the users know.
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