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htpdate

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Short

date -s "`curl --head -s https://example.com | grep -i "Date: " | cut -d' ' -f2-`"

Solution… htpdate

The above one-liner might result in unexpected behavior, * site is not reachable * site has wrong time * steps/jumps (backwards!) in time

htpdate solves that by allowing multiple URLs as time source, eliminating ‘false tickers’, gradually adjusts time and run indefinitely as daemon.

The HTTP Time Protocol (HTP) is used to synchronize a computer’s time with web servers as reference time source. Htpdate will synchronize your computer’s time by extracting timestamps from HTTP headers found in web server responses. Htpdate can be used as a daemon, to keep your computer synchronized. The accuracy of htpdate is at least -+0.5 seconds, but can be in the range of ~10 ms (see -p option). If this is not good enough for you, use a ntp package.

Install the htpdate package if you need tools for keeping your system’s time synchronized via the HTP protocol. Htpdate works also through proxy servers.

Installation

build:

make

or for HTTPS support (OpenSSL is required)

make https

install:

make install

Usage

Htpdate can be used to query the time of one of more web servers,

htpdate www.example.com http://www.example.com https://example.com

Htpdate can run as daemon,

htpdate -D http://www.example.com

Another option is to run htpdate periodically from cron. For a daily time synchronization,

5 3 * * * /usr/sbin/htpdate -a www.example.com

All htpdate options,

Usage: htpdate [-046acdhlnqstvxD] [-f driftfile] [-i pidfile] [-m minpoll]
         [-M maxpoll] [-p precision] [-P <proxyserver>[:port]]
         [-u user[:group]] <URL> ...

See manpage for more details.

See also