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Re: Scary bugs

On Fri, Feb 04, 2000 at 10:32:59AM +0000, Edmund GRIMLEY EVANS wrote:
> Henrique M Holschuh <hmh+debianml@rcm.org.br>:
> > 3. --systohc on shutdown (without --adjust, and with --hctosys on startup)
> >    is needed to allow users to use the "one clock" approach. It is also
> >    needed for correct NTP operation. It is probably desired by anyone using
> >    ntpdate as well.
> My experience was that NTP did not work until I edited hwclock.sh to
> remove the --systohc.
> I also found the --systohc rather annoying when I wasn't using NTP: it
> caused the clock to drift much faster than it used to.
> I think the --systohc was introduced in Debian 2.1; Debian 2.0 didn't
> have it, and my clock was fairly reliable then ...
> (My machine is shut down about dozen times a week. The hardware clock
> is quite accurate; the system clock is very inaccurate. I'm connected
> to the Internet every day, but not always for long enough for NTP to
> synchronise itself. I don't want the hardware clock to be adjusted
> unless the system clock has been set by NTP. As I understand it, NTP
> causes the hardware clock to be adjusted anyway, so --systohc is
> unnecessary. I don't think my situation is unique. Other Debian users
> I know have had to comment out the --systohc in hwclock.sh in order to
> achieve sane time-keeping ...)

Well, we can't have a default that fits for anybody (it's just a default :)
Any default is acceptable if it's documented and if there is a documentation 
explaining how to change it, to customize your installation.

That will be the case for potato, thanks to Henrique. And for woody, there
would be some extra work.

Thierry LARONDE <thierry.laronde@polynum.com>
website : http://www.polynum.com
/home du SDF (Site Debian Francophone) : http://www.polynum.com/debian

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