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setting the date for testing

I need to set the date to several years in the future in order to test something.  When I do this via the date command, the date returns back almost instantly (or within a few seconds).


# timedatectl set-time 2025-12-06 20:41:41

# date

Sat  6 Dec 20:41:43 GMT 2025

# date

Sat  6 Dec 20:41:44 GMT 2025

# date

Sun  6 Dec 20:41:48 GMT 2020


I’m not using ntp (that I know of).


# timedatectl timesync-status

Failed to query server: The name org.freedesktop.timesync1 was not provided by any .service files


# timedatectl show






TimeUSec=Sun 2020-12-06 20:37:19 GMT

RTCTimeUSec=Sun 2020-12-06 18:51:22 GMT


How can I stop (temporarily) the system from automatically setting the date so that I can set it forward?

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