system clock running 2h early although ntpd enabled

Christopher J. Ruwe cjr at
Fri Feb 11 20:36:26 UTC 2011

On Fri, 11 Feb 2011 12:13:43 -0800
David Brodbeck <gull at> wrote:

> On Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 1:16 PM, Christopher J. Ruwe <cjr at>
> wrote:
> > Since some weeks my local clock runs two hours early.
> > My /etc/localtime is a copy of /usr/share/zoneinfo/Europe/Berlin
> > and I have set both ntpd_enable="YES" and ntpd_sync_on_start="YES".
> ntpd has a sanity check -- if the clock is out by more than 1000
> seconds it will give up.  So you may have to manually set the clock to
> something close to correct before ntpd will handle it.  Or pass ntpd
> the "-g" flag to disable the initial sanity check, if you're sure you
> trust your clock servers not to do something silly.
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Thanks to you both. My issue turned out to be a connection of the points
you made. 

Thanks again and cheers,
Christopher J. Ruwe
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