system time "slowing down" ?

Charles Swiger cswiger at
Mon Nov 28 23:48:03 GMT 2005

On Nov 28, 2005, at 6:40 PM, Odhiambo Washington wrote:
> For some time now, I have noticed that the time on my system keeps
> lagging behind. I reset it with `date 2005MMDDHHMM` but after a few
> days I see that it's lost quite some hours again?
> What should I suspect? CMOS battery has been changed, but phenomena
> is still there. My localtime is set to correctly using sysinstall
> so I don't doubt it.

If your hardware clock loses hours over the course of a few days, the  
CMOS time-of-day clock is probably broken.  Is ntpd able to keep your  
clock sane?

What does "sysctl kern.timecounter" say?


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