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Time moved backwards error HELP on my server help?

dovecot: Fatal: Time just moved backwards by 6 seconds. This might cause a lot of problems, so I'll just kill myself now. http://wiki.dovecot.org/TimeMovedBackwards: 1 Time(s)

I received the above so I went to the link to find out how to fix it.
The thing I don't undstand is ntpdate periodically.
How do I know if I am running it and how can I change it?


Time moved backwards error

Dovecot isn't very forgiving if your system's time moves backwards. There are usually two possibilities why it's moving backwards:

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      You're running ntpdate periodically. This isn't a g
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t-maxCommented:
Hi,
You can try something like "chkconfig --list | grep ntp" to see if you have it activated on boot.
Also this "ps aux | grep ntp" will say if there's any process related to ntp running on the system.

My guess is that you don't have it configured. You should use a ntp server to have the time synchronized across different servers and storage. Check "Time synchronization" in the link you provided for more help on that.
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meko72Commented:
Here is a command line for ntpdate.  http://www.go2linux.org/ntpdate-linux-command-line

Here is a cron job that updates 1 - 2 hours



Install as cronjob
To avoid stepping the clock you must run ntpdate every 1 or 2 hours using cronjob:

crontab -e

Now add hourly job:

#NTPDATE
@hourly /etc/network/if-up.d/ntpdate

Save and close the file.

Easy way.

RIGHT CLICK on  desktop clock and select “set date / time” there’s an option to automatically set the time, and select the ntp.ubuntu.com servers so you don’t load the pub servers.
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sobeservices2Author Commented:
I did this and received

The below

Looks like its off how do I turn it back on
ntpd            0:off   1:off   2:off   3:off   4:off   5:off   6:off
root@server [~]#

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root@server [~]# chkconfig --list | grep ntp
ntpd            0:off   1:off   2:off   3:off   4:off   5:off   6:off

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t-maxCommented:
Indeed it's off. You can start the service with "/etc/init.d/ntpd start" and enable it to be run on boot with "chkconfig ntpd on".
That's the "daemon" method. The other method is as suggested above, adding ntpdate to root's crontab.
If you give more details on what Linux distribution you have, I'll give exact instructions.
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sobeservices2Author Commented:
what should I use

nptd

or
ntupdate

A little confused here
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t-maxCommented:
For me, using ntpd is easier, because it's a service and you can easily start/stop it with /etc/init.d/ntpd
The other can't be managed that way, you must edit crontab to change when it's executed.
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mccrackyCommented:
Linux doesn't really need ntpdate, but ntp.  

ntpdate is run periodically through cron like meko72 said above, but that's not really good practice for a server that will be on most all the time.  ntpdate is a one-shot update.  It sets the time to the current time all at once.

ntp, on the other hand, is a daemon that runs continually and slews the clock rate to keep the time correct all the time.  There usually aren't big jumps in time all at once.

The error would be from something jumping the clock all at once.  check cron for ntpdate or sntp and remove it.  Then set up and run ntp.
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sobeservices2Author Commented:
Iam getting one of these what do I do

: Excessive resource usage: ntp (7326)

Time:         Wed Feb 23 13:46:00 2011 -0500
Account:      ntp
Resource:     Process Time
Exceeded:     7318 > 1800 (seconds)
Executable:   /usr/sbin/ntpd
Command Line: ntpd -u ntp:ntp -p /var/run/ntpd.pid -g
PID:          7326
Killed:       No
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mccrackyCommented:
Are you running on bare hardware or on VMWare or other virtual environment?

If you are on VMWare, you probably want to read this:
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1006427
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sobeservices2Author Commented:
Nop regular
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t-maxCommented:
Thanks!
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