amd64/132418: Kernel not detect time-of-day clock [regression]

Mark Atkinson atkin901 at
Tue Mar 17 08:20:49 PDT 2009

Kostik Belousov wrote:

> On Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 08:01:40AM -0700, Mark Atkinson wrote:
>> kib at wrote:
>> > Synopsis: Kernel not detect time-of-day clock [regression]
>> > 
>> > State-Changed-From-To: open->closed
>> > State-Changed-By: kib
>> > State-Changed-When: Sun Mar 8 15:24:39 UTC 2009
>> > State-Changed-Why:
>> > 
>> > 
>> >
>> Any reason why this was closed?  I have a box with this problem as well
>> in -current.
> I mis-managed vi session, thus no reason for close was recorded. Check
> that your /boot/device.hints is properly merged, in particular, look for
> the hints for real-time clock.

Actually, it appears to be a 'real' (maybe procedural) problem.   Copying 
sys/amd64/conf/GENERIC.hints to /boot/device.hints will create this 
situation.   If you use sys/i386/conf/GENERIC.hints instead, then it will 
find the time of day clock.

It seems like adm64/conf/GENERIC.hints is missing a hint for the time of day 
clock.   I know there was a discussion on -arch a while back talking about  
baring the hints file down to the minimum required.

Mark Atkinson
atkin901 at

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