Impossible to set date in 11.3.0?

Samuel Greenfeld greenfeld at
Sat Aug 25 13:07:35 EDT 2012

To the best of my knowledge this is an intentional omission for antitheft
reasons.  Instructions on how to set the clock from OFW or the command line
are at .  If using the "date" command
is not sufficient to permanently store the change, "hwclock --systohc" or
similar may also need to be used.

In newer firmware builds (potentially newer than 11.3.0's), Open Firmware
can log into a Open, WEP, or WPA-PSK secured access point and use NTP to
set the time.  To do this use the "essid" command followed by the actual
ESSID to set the ESSID, "wep" or "wpa" to set the password, and
"ntp-set-clock" (without any parameters) to query a server from the public
NTP pool and get the current time.

In all cases the XO presumes the hardware clock stores time in UTC,
although some OS builds have problems if Sugar's time zone is set to
something other than UTC.

On Sat, Aug 25, 2012 at 12:05 PM, C. Scott Ananian <cscott at>wrote:

> A friend has 11.3.0 installed on his son's XO 1.5.  The kid complained
> that the date was wrong on his XO, and he couldn't figure out how to
> set it.  Indeed, the "Time and Date" control panel only has time zone
> selection, and no sort of network time program seems to be included in
> the build.  Was this an intentional omission?  How is the date
> supposed to be set in 11.3?
>   --scott
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