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potuz
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 4:24 pm    Post subject: setting the date from internet Reply with quote

Hello list. I am running gentoo on an old powerbook g4. For some reason I can't set the system clock unless I boot into openfirmware. The problem is that this laptop has a dead battery so if for some reason the power goes off, then the system clock gets reset to 1969.

This is happening quite often, so I thought it might be better to have a script checking the date online at boot-time and actualizing it (date -s works fine for me). I know this is more like a workaround than a solution, but is it a good one? if so, any suggestions as to where to get the date from?

Thanks,

R.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about "rc-update add ntp-client default"? :)
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You should be able to replace the CMOS battery cheaply and easily. That would be the best solution.

What DE or WM are you using? The bigger DE's have built-in interfaces for you to tell your system to fetch time from an internet time server.

Regardless of your DE or condition of your CMOS battery, you can read this and similar pages by seaching for "ntpd gentoo". That should tell you what you need to know. 8)
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the quick reply. I'll look into getting the info from an NTP server. A cmos battery would be an option, but I'm lazy enough to open the laptop and look for a replacement here in Brazil. I'm not running any DE nor WM in it since I'm using it mainly as a DLNA server.

R.
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