cmos clock to utc time code?

jekillen jekillen at
Thu Nov 8 20:56:25 PST 2007

On Nov 8, 2007, at 6:21 PM, Brent Jones wrote:

> There's no time zone setting in a cmos clock.  Just set the time to
> whatever UTC is, and you should be good to go.  Ideally though, you
> should have the system do an ntpdate command first, which will take 
> care
> of the clock issue for you.  Just put:
> ntpdate_enable="YES"
> in your rc.conf file, and it will run before ntpd starts.
I have ntpd_enable="YES"
in /etc/rc.conf already, would there be a conflict?
While this machine is being configured with all the
functional software I want working, hub mail server with
Cyrus, Apache/php/mysql. while I am getting everything
set up and tested the machine will not be running 24/7
so ntpdate would probably be a better choice, but once
all is square with the world, it will be running 24/7 and I
have three other machines that will use it to get their
time set (unless I have misunderstood and this is not
possible or practical)
Thank you for your response
Jeff K
> -----Original Message-----
> Hello again;
> Here I am with another awkward question:
> I have set up ntp and it is complaining that
> the time difference is too great; 3606 or so
> seconds, and wants the system clock set to
> utc. I rebooted and entered bios set up
> but I did not see any explicit clues on how
> to set this clock to utc. (0r even if it is possible).
> The motherboard is ECS w/AMD64. I did
> not catch the bios vendor or version. If  I have
> to I will reboot again to look at it or dig up the
> manual for the motherboard.
> I tried sysinstall but it just asks if the system
> clock is set to utc. (thus the question here)
> Any advice, suggestions, info appreciated;
> Thanks in advance
> Jeff K

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