Impossible to set date in 11.3.0?

Martin Langhoff martin.langhoff at
Tue Aug 28 14:48:58 EDT 2012

On Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 2:24 PM, Hal Murray <hmurray at> wrote:
> quozl at said:
>> "date" followed by a successful normal shutdown should work, because a
>> normal shutdown runs hwclock ... but "hwclock --systohc" is handy in case
>> you aren't sure that a normal shutdown will happen next.
> It used to do that on shutdown as part of /etc/rc.d/init.d/halt and friends,
> but I think it got dropped as part of the switch to systemd.   >grep hwclock
> /etc -r< doesn't find anything.
> Does anybody know if it moved to someplace I haven't looked yet and/or if it
> was deliberately dropped or just fell through the cracks?

You are correct, the switch to systemd means we no longer sync from
system clock to hw clock. I spotted that early, and documented it in
the release notes:

I also pestered upstream (systemd) to fix ntpdate and friends. See and


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