setting time ubuntu

trying to set the date on a pc running ubuntu

kernel version 2.6.30.2
version 9.04

i'm running the command:
ntpdate-debian

and i get the response
ntpdate: can't find host ntp.ubuntu.com
ntpdate: no servers can be used, exiting

note the pc is plugged into the network.

does anyone know a solution?

gerrymac1943Asked:
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TobiasHolmConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi!

Use: sudo ntpdate ntp.ubuntu.com

Regards, Tobias
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TobiasHolmCommented:
Can you ping ntp.ubuntu.com ?

Regards, Tobias
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TobiasHolmCommented:
(I suggested to ping just to see that the DNS works)
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torimarConnect With a Mentor Commented:
If the server ntp.ubuntu.org should be temporarily unavailable, simply use another ntp server from ntp.org.
Check the panel on the right hand side here for your region in the world: http://www.pool.ntp.org/en/
Click that region and select an appropriate server.
Examples:
sudo ntpdate us.pool.ntp.org (USA)
sudo ntpdate ca.pool.ntp.org (Canada)
sudo ntpdate au.pool.ntp.org (Australia)
etc.

If you are behind a proxy, ntp will not work.
Try the workaround specified here: http://kubuntuforums.net/forums/index.php?topic=3102082.msg172306#msg172306

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ssapkotaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You seem to have DNS issue,
Try this one:
sudo ntpdate 153.16.4.134
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gerrymac1943Author Commented:
sorry get a response 'no servers can be used'

how do i fix the dns issue?
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torimarConnect With a Mentor Commented:
It doesn't appear to be a DNS issue; it rather appears to be a known bug with "ntpdate-debian".
After reading this: http://help.lockergnome.com/linux/Bug-515702-ntpdate-servers-default-configuration--ftopict492739.html
I'd say your options are to a) either edit the ntpdate-debian script and set NTPDATE_USE_NTP_CONF=yes to NTPDATE_USE_NTP_CONF=no, or b) to simply rename the /etc/ntp.conf file to /etc/ntp.conf.bad.

Then run
ntpdate-debian
again and see if it works.
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gerrymac1943Author Commented:
thanks
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