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Staying on Time in Debian

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To stay on time, you should really use ntpd. It is a daemon that runs all the time and makes tiny changes to the system clock. All you need to do is install ntp:

aptitude install ntp

after it’s installed, I encourage you to go over to and pick a pool in your continental zone. Debian has some defaults, and they are fine, i just like using the ntp pool. If you want to change where you are syncing to, open up /etc/ntp.conf and change the “server” lines.

nano /etc/ntp.conf

to manually sync Debian’s time, just install “ntpdate”

apt-get install ntpdate

run this:

ntupdate-debian [a ntp server]