Changing date and ntpdate utilities to accomodate systemd's change of rtc handling

Martin Langhoff martin.langhoff at
Wed Sep 19 14:30:11 UTC 2012

Changes stemming from the switch to systemd mean that if you set the
system clock with ntpdate or date and you are not running ntpd... your
changes are not recorded in the RTC, ever.

There are some good reasons for this change, but at this time only the
systemd side is done, leaving date, ntpdate, and possibly other
utilities that change the system time "broken" from the PoV of a
system administrator. As I understand this change, it involves more
parts than just systemd.

I am CC'ing the package maintainers of coreutils and ntpdate, I am
sure there are other tools that change system time and rely on
automagic sync-to-RTC. ntpdate seems to be trivially fixable, as
Miroslav has already pointed out.

Some background discussion at --


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