To set time:

$ sudo /usr/sbin/ntpdate
29 Sep 23:48:31 ntpdate[9404]: adjust time server offset
0.001289 sec

To date info about your timezone settings:

$ zdump /etc/localtime 
/etc/localtime  Sat Sep 29 23:49:19 2007 EDT


$ ls /usr/shaoneinfo/ | egrep -v "^d"
total 78
-rw-r--r--   1 root  wheel    755 Aug 22 11:11 CET
-rw-r--r--   1 root  wheel    837 Aug 22 11:11 CST6CDT
-rw-r--r--   1 root  wheel    679 Aug 22 11:11 EET
-rw-r--r--   1 root  wheel     56 Aug 22 11:11 EST
-rw-r--r--   1 root  wheel    837 Aug 22 11:11 EST5EDT

To set timezone:

$ ln -s /share/zoneinfo/$WHATEVER /etc/localtime

For you probably PST8PDT.

For your best NTP experience, use OpenNTP from
ports: /usr/ports/net/openntpd/


On Sat, 2007-09-29 at 20:33 -0700, jekillen wrote:
> Hello all;
> I have built 4 machines and installed FreeBSD 6.0 in one and 6.2
> in the other three. They are all using the wrong date and time.
> The last one (v6.2 on ecs mb with AMD64) is the worst. It is telling
> me today is Jan 3 2003 PST (I am on the west coast and it is still PDT).
> These machines are all web servers. So up until now this has not been
> a big issue but a configuration of software is complaining that the 
> files
> it creates have an older date than the files in the software bundle,
> it is time to do something about it. So I am looking at man date and as
> I interpret the instructions #date  (20079282027.00 or
> 200709282027.00 for instance) is supposed to set the
> clock to the current date. But when I run a command with the
> current date and time in the above format I get the complaint that
> the format string is wrong.
> Can anyone be kind enough to give me a quick tutorial on this?
> I will be looking seriously into using NTP, but for now I need to
> get the date straight. I have entries in apache error log gener
> ated by php scripts that are supposed to use its date command.
> Thanks in advance for assistance.
> Jeff K
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