Automated Shutdown time problem

Scott Balneaves sbalneav at
Fri Nov 6 20:13:00 GMT 2009

On Fri, Nov 06, 2009 at 11:16:54AM -0800, Joseph Hartman wrote:
> I've had a similar issue this week on Karmic (GNOME, x86). I followed the
> howto for the automatic shutdown on two different servers without success.
> The time on the server shows the same as the time on the clients. I did not
> try to install the NTP server.
> This morning I did a third fresh karmic install from the alternate disc,
> installed all updates, created one user for the client, and then tried to
> follow the TCShutdown Howto again. Here are my results:

IIRC, for most NTP servers/implementations, if the delta T gets too big (and
it's right around the two hour mark) the ntp client will refuse to sync up.

The usual way around this would be to run ntpdate -s (to SET the current time
immediately from the NTP source), THEN fire up the ntp client, in order to keep
them in sync.

That's my (possibly mistaken) understanding of it anyway.


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