My linux box (running Debian Slink) is attached to a cable modem and is
acting as a web server, dhcp server and webgate for a couple Win98
boxes on my LAN. The problem I am having is that the clock on my linux
box seems to be quick. Doing a search in some forums, I have come to
the conclusion that I need to use cron to fire off either netdate or
rdate to reset my clock. At least that is what seems to be the best
solution I was able to find. I did some searches on the internet for
some atomic clocks to get the time from, but everything seems to be in
UTC. I am on EST and would like the clock to be set to that.
My questions are, am I on the right track for fixing the problem with
using cron and netdate or rdate to get an accurate time? How do I go
about getting the time to EST? Is there an atomic clock on the east
coast that I can query or do I need to write a script to subtract the 4
hours? Since my linux box is up 24/7, would setting the CMOS clock
using hwclock do me any good (it is my understanding that a reboot is
needed after this is done)? I have seen something about just setting
you clock to UTC and then specifing a time zone on your system, then
when the time on your system is queried it returns the time according
to the time zone you set. Should I look more into this solution?
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