NTPD appears to run successfully and poll the time server, however it doesn't actually set the time.

# ntpd -d &
ntp engine ready
reply from offset 1348642593.061240 delay 0.035977, next query 9s

# date
Thu Jan 1 10:53:29 BST 1970

This is using the latest hf Arch Arm kernel.

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    What is the question?
    – Christian
    Sep 26, 2012 at 19:34
  • @Christian You can't work it out because I haven't used a question mark?
    – Jivings
    Sep 26, 2012 at 20:21
  • I thought it as a statement that, NTPD is not actually setting the time. That's a statement. But why it's not, is the question :P
    – Christian
    Sep 27, 2012 at 12:32
  • Related: Why isn't NTPd updating local time? Dec 13, 2012 at 16:47

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Quoting from ntpd documentation:

In case there is no TOY chip or for some reason its time is more than 1000s from the server time, ntpd assumes something must be terribly wrong and the only reliable action is for the operator to intervene and set the clock by hand.

Again, quoting from the ntpd man page:

-s Set the time immediately at startup if the local clock is off by more than 180 seconds. Allows for a large time correction, eliminating the need to run rdate(8) before starting.

So a ntpd -s in a terminal should be sufficient to fix the problem and let ntpd adjust the time normally from there on.

UPDATE: now it should be ntpd -g

  • See also: ntpdate.
    – XTL
    Oct 3, 2012 at 7:14
  • I've come here after suffering the same problem. I find that with ntpd version 4.2.6p5 the -s option does something different to what is described above (it specifies Statistics file location). I think the equivalent option is -g but this had no effect for me (it is used without effect by the default sysemd unit). What worked for me was to execute ntpd uk.pool.ntp.org prior to starting ntpd. To do this I added ExecStartPre=/usr/bin/ntpdate uk.pool.ntp.org to the systemd unit file.
    – starfry
    Apr 24, 2013 at 14:22
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    updating the above comment, ntpdate is deprecated. I am now using ntpd -gq.
    – starfry
    Apr 25, 2013 at 11:27

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