Re: [chrony-users] rtc is not being updated

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On Mon, 20 Nov 2017, Gernot Nusshall wrote:


i am not sure if i am experiencing a problem with chrony or the linux kernel.
I want the rtc to be updated with the 11-minute-mode of the linux kernel initiated with the chrony option „rtcsync“.

Why would you want to do that? That is a much worse way of disciplining the
rtc than almost anything else. It goes back to the early days of computers
before ntp where the system clock would be updated by getting time from
somewhere and just resetting the system clock to that time.

chrony disciplines the rtc just as it disciplines the system clock. It
measures the drift rate of the rtc and the offset of the rtc. Then when it is
started it reads the old offset, the old drift rate, and corrects the rtc by
those amounts. Now this is not idea, since the drift rate of the rtc when the
computer is cold is probably different than what it is when it is operating
and warm, but it is lot better than just jumping the rtc every 11 min. Ie, you
are trying to work against chrony which is incomprehensible.

I was expecting that the rtc is getting updated because the adjtimex output set by chrony seems correct and the kernel config options are also set correctly,
is there anything that i am missing?

Yes. and understanding of how chrony works.

thanks in advance,

# set hwclock to something not equal local time/utc
root:~# hwclock --set --date 00:03:09
root:~# reboot
root:~# systemctl stop chronyd

Agagagagarhehgh. Please understand how chrony works. By putting in that jump
into the rtc, all chrony's efforts to understand the rate and offset of your
rtc have been negated. Ie, this is a silly test because it would not happen in

# check if rtcsync is enabled
root:~# cat /etc/chrony/chrony.conf
logdir /var/log/chrony
logbanner 32
logchange 0.5
log measurements
log statistics
log tracking
makestep 1.0 -1
acquisitionport 123
server maxpoll 10

# start strace (start chronyd)
nohup strace -f -tt -o time.strace /usr/sbin/chronyd -u _chrony &

# check 11-minute-kernel-mode:

Chrony purposely disables kernel 11 min mode because it completely negates the
whole effort chrony puts in to understanding the rtc.

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