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|ADJTIME(2)||System Calls Manual||ADJTIME(2)|
adjtime — correct
the time to allow synchronization of the system clock
Standard C Library (libc, -lc)
struct timeval *delta,
system call makes small adjustments to the system time, as returned by
gettimeofday(2), advancing or retarding it by the time
specified by the timeval delta. If
delta is negative, the clock is slowed down by
incrementing it more slowly than normal until the correction is complete. If
delta is positive, a larger increment than normal is
used. The skew used to perform the correction is generally a fraction of one
percent. Thus, the time is always a monotonically increasing function. A
time correction from an earlier call to
may not be finished when
adjtime() is called again.
If olddelta is not a null pointer, the structure
pointed to will contain, upon return, the number of microseconds still to be
corrected from the earlier call.
This call may be used by time servers that synchronize the clocks of computers in a local area network. Such time servers would slow down the clocks of some machines and speed up the clocks of others to bring them to the average network time.
system call is restricted to the super-user.
adjtime() function returns the
value 0 if successful; otherwise the value -1 is returned and
the global variable errno is set to indicate the
adjtime() system call will fail
date(1), gettimeofday(2), timed(8), timedc(8)
R. Gusella and S. Zatti, TSP: The Time Synchronization Protocol for UNIX 4.3BSD.
adjtime() system call appeared in
|June 4, 1993||Debian|