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System date and time is wrong after starting SLEx 10

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Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10


The system date and time is wrong after starting the system; it shows the shutdown time from the last session when the system is restarted.
Upon booting Novell SUSE Linux is changing the BIOS date and time to the shutdown time from the last session.
System settings for date and time are configured properly.
Adjusting the date and time with YaST or "date" does not fix the problem.


  1. Open a terminal console in superuser mode
  2. Configure the timezone with tzselect
  3. Set the current system time through
    date -s "YYYY-MM-TT hh:mm:ss"
  4. Delete the file /etc/adjtime:
    rm /etc/adjtime
    This file is used to correct systematic time drift and may be involved in the problem. It will be recreated automatically.
  5. Set the hardware clock (also known as real time clock (RTC), BIOS clock or CMOS clock):
    hwclock --debug --systohc --utc
    When the RTC is kept in local time, use the option '--localtime' insteadof '--utc'
  6. Redo steps 4 and 5.


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  • Document ID:3167373
  • Creation Date:07-SEP-06
  • Modified Date:27-APR-12
    • SUSESUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
      SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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