Set Up Chrony For Accurate System Time

Revision as of 18:25, November 29, 2013 by Duncan.Britton (Talk)

Accurate System Time (NTP)

It's important that your Funtoo Linux system has an accurate clock. NTP (network time protocol) can ensure your clock is accurate at all time.

My favorite and recommended NTP client/server is net-misc/chrony. It is recommended for Funtoo systems:

# emerge chrony
# rc-update add chronyd default

Use something like the following for your /etc/chrony/chrony.conf:

server time.apple.com
maxupdateskew 100
driftfile /etc/chrony/chrony.drift
keyfile /etc/chrony/chrony.keys
commandkey 1
dumponexit
dumpdir /var/log/chrony
initstepslew 10 time.apple.com
logdir /var/log/chrony
log measurements statistics tracking
logchange 0.5
mailonchange me@emailprovider.com 0.5
rtcfile /etc/chrony/chrony.rtc
rtconutc
sched_priority 1
lock_all

Chronyd can then be started immediately by running rc to start all new services:

# rc

Because Funtoo Linux starts network daemons without waiting for an Internet connection to become available, and because chrony will attempt to synchronize the clock over the Internet when it first starts, you must manually configure chronyd to be dependent on whatever method you use to enable your outbound network connectivity. For example, if using dhcpcd, add the following to /etc/conf.d/chronyd:

rc_need=dhcpcd

You should notice a marked improvement in your system clock's accuracy. If your system time was off by a significant amount, chronyd will gradually correct your clock while the system runs.