[CentOS] system date using ntp client is drifting

Mon Jun 4 20:42:07 UTC 2012
John R Pierce <pierce at hogranch.com>

On 06/04/12 1:27 PM, Nate Duehr wrote:
> Additionally, ntp will refuse to sync if it's too far out.  Use ntpdate [server IP] to force the issue first. If the machines have a bad CMOS battery and won't keep time, ntpdate package can be configured to force time sync (which is a bad hack) at boot-time.

the standard EL5 /etc/rc.d/init.d/ntpd script does this automatically, 
unless its been disabled via /etc/sysconfig/ntpd

> After getting the clock in sync, "hwclock --systohc" to push it into the CMOS clock.

setting SYNC_HWCLOCK=yes  in said above config file will do this, too.

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