Can't set clock

Jonas Norlander jonorland at
Mon Jan 5 12:02:06 UTC 2009

2009/1/5 O. Sinclair <o.sinclair at>:
> Derek Broughton wrote:
>> David Fletcher wrote:
>>> On Sunday 04 Jan 2009, Wulfy wrote:
>>>> I have ntpdate installed.  I think that supplies the daemon.
>>>> <sigh> I've had problems with the public time servers ever since I moved
>>>> to Linux when Sarge was Testing in Debian.  I've never had a problem
>>>> like this, though.
>>> I've never installed ntpdate. I didn't know there was such a thing.
>> Please don't give users advice like this when you don't even know what the
>> default-installed software does.
>> ntpdate is the default installed by ubuntu because most of us don't need a
>> time server.
>> I'd recommend  you just look at syslog when you run ntpdate - it will
>> usually tell you why it didn't work (and it usually means you have an
>> invalid time server - which wouldn't be solved by installing ntpd)
>>> What I'd try is removing ntpdate then install ntp (or is it ntpd? I can't
>>> recall). If it needs ntpdate it should put it back.
>> It probably _won't_ need ntpdate if you have ntpd, but I really don't like
>> the idea of users, who can't even figure out why ntpdate isn't working,
>> running time servers.
>>> Then what happens is, your system will not immediately show the correct
>>> time, it will very gradually adjust itself little by little. Unless you
>>> reboot it, then I think it sets itself correctly right away.
> I managed by typing:
> sudo ntpdate
> and that is also the timeserver I have set the "systray" clock to use
> Sinclair

The best is to use the closest server. Here is a list of servers

/ Jonas

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