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adjkerntz - adjust local time CMOS clock to reflect time zone changes and
adjkerntz - adjust local time CMOS clock to reflect time zone changes and keep current timezone offset for the kernel
adjkerntz -i adjkerntz -a [-s]
Adjkerntz maintains the proper relationship between the kernel clock, which is always set to UTC, and the CMOS clock, which may be set to local time. Adjkerntz also informs the kernel about machine timezone shifts to maintain proper timestamps for local time file systems such as the MS-DOS file system. The main purpose of this thing is not general fixing of initially broken MS-DOS file timestamp idea but keeping the same times‐ tamps between FreeBSD MS-DOS file system and MS-DOS operating system installed on the same machine. If the file /etc/wall_cmos_clock exists, it means that CMOS clock keeps local time (MS-DOS and MS-Windows compati‐ ble mode). If that file does not exist, it means that the CMOS clock keeps UTC time. Adjkerntz passes this state to the machdep.wall_cmos_clock kernel variable. Adjustments may be needed at system startup and shutdown, and whenever a time zone change occurs. To handle these different situations, adjkerntz is invoked in two ways: -i This form handles system startups and shutdowns. Adjkerntz is invoked with this option from /etc/rc on entry to multi-user mode, before any other daemons have been started. Adjkerntz puts itself into the background. Then, for a local time CMOS clock, adjkerntz reads the local time from it and sets the kernel clock to the cor‐ responding UTC time. Adjkerntz also stores the local time zone offset into the machdep.adjkerntz kernel variable, for use by sub‐ sequent invocations of ’adjkerntz -a’ and by local time file sys‐ tems. For a local time CMOS clock ’adjkerntz -i’ pauses, and remains inactive as a background daemon until it receives a SIGTERM. The SIGTERM will normally be sent by init(8) when the system leaves multi-user mode (usually, because the system is being shut down). After receiving the SIGTERM, adjkerntz reads the UTC kernel clock and updates the CMOS clock, if necessary, to ensure that it reflects the current local time zone. Then adjkerntz exits. -a [-s] This form is used to update the local time CMOS clock and kernel machdep.adjkerntz variable when time zone changes occur, e.g., when entering or leaving daylight savings time. Adjkerntz uses the ker‐ nel clock’s UTC time, the previously stored time zone offset, and the changed time zone rule to calculate a new time zone offset. It stores the new offset into the machdep.adjkerntz kernel variable, and updates the wall CMOS clock to the new local time. If ’adjkerntz -a’ was started at a nonexistent time (during a timezone change), it exits with a warning diagnostic unless the -s option was used, in which case adjkerntz sleeps 30 minutes and tries again. This form should be invoked from root’s crontab(5) every half hour between midnight and 5am, when most modern time zone changes occur. Warning: don’t use the -s option in a crontab(5) command line, or multiple ’adjkerntz -a’ instances could conflict with each other. Adjkerntz clears the kernel timezone structure and makes the kernel clock run in the UTC time zone. Super-user privileges are required for all operations.
TZ Time zone change rule, see tzset(3); not needed when tzsetup(8) or zic(8) is used.
/etc/localtime Current zoneinfo file, see tzsetup(8) and zic(8). /etc/wall_cmos_clock Empty file. Its presence indicates that the machine’s CMOS clock is set to local time, while its absence indicates a UTC CMOS clock. tzset(3), crontab(5), mount_msdos(8), rc(8), sysctl(8), tzsetup(8), zic(8)
No diagnostics. If an error occurs, adjkerntz logs an error message via syslog(3) and exits with a nonzero return code.
Andrey A. Chernov 〈firstname.lastname@example.org〉
The adjkerntz command appeared in FreeBSD 1.0.