exact with the minutes but wrong with the hours. Mon Sep 8 08:54:44 BST 2014. When actually it is 20:54.
I did : sudo /etc/init.d/ntp restart at least ten times no avail. My raspi activates a timelapse camera and has been working for month without any problem with the correct time and all of a sudden this problem occured without any intervention. Now the camera instead of taking a picture at 10:00, take it at 22:00....Too bad it's dark.

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    Did you set /etc/localtime according to your timezon. E.g. (on Archlinux) ln -s /usr/share/zoneinfo/Europe/Berlin /etc/localtime Ok, your date states BST looks like time is already localized. Mmmh.
    – Ghanima
    Commented Sep 8, 2014 at 20:17
  • IS this Raspian or another distro?
    – rob
    Commented Sep 9, 2014 at 7:30
  • My distro is Raspbian wheezy. And the timezone is well configured through Raspi-Config. Never seen this kind of problem ! Commented Sep 9, 2014 at 10:04
  • What is the output of ntpdate -du pool.ntp.org
    – Craig
    Commented Sep 9, 2014 at 16:21
  • Is the pi connected to a network via ethernet cable or wifi? If not, ntpd can't update and the pi has no hardware timeclock.
    – Tyson
    Commented Sep 11, 2014 at 1:29

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Considering that the RPi has got no Real Time Clock and starts at January, 1st, 1970 every reboot, I assume that your ntpis working fine. Check with date -u the system time in UTC and compare to reality. It's most probably right (unless you used date -s to set the time manually).

The guess would be that your timezone settings are wrong. Please check the symbolic link /etc/localtime or remove it and create it newly according to your timezone by ln -s /usr/share/zoneinfo/<your-timezone-goes-here> /etc/localtime.

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    Note that if you use Raspbian, you can run sudo dpkg-reconfigure tzdata to change easily the timezone. Commented Sep 9, 2014 at 8:59
  • Sure. It's noteworthy that the use of configuration tools might overwrite manual settings. (Also a possible error in this case.)
    – Ghanima
    Commented Sep 9, 2014 at 9:10
  • I did: date -u and the result is: Commented Sep 9, 2014 at 10:08
  • and the result is: Mon Sep 8 22:06:10 UTC 2014 when it is really 11:06 ...a real mystery! Commented Sep 9, 2014 at 10:09
  • And /etc/timezone, confirms : Europe/London Commented Sep 9, 2014 at 10:16

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