SUMMARY: Bizarre File Date Problem

From: Admin Staff (
Date: Thu May 07 1998 - 06:26:31 CDT

I feel pretty stupid; this is right up there with my message about the
sparc 5 beeping when it was actually an old pager going off that I thought
had been disconnected. This problem was due to a mismatch in time between
the NFS client and the NFS server. Syncing the time fixed the problem.
NOTE: this also fixed serious hanging problems in Pine (see my next
summary). I had considered NFS being the culprit, but I ASSumed that the
client set the date on the file (which was wrong, because it was probably
a kernel function, and in that case, the kernel on the NFS server would
handle it.) The basis of this assumtption was based on the fact that a
client can set the uid of the file, even if the server isn't aware of it.

I'm also not completely guilty for this time mismatch. I have a cisco
setup as a stratum-2 NTP server, and I was planning on syncing the sparcs'
clocks on it over xntpd when I found the time. My original message follows

Thank you to:

Ashish Pant
Mattew Stier
Marc Gibian
Caspter Dik
Michael Maciolek
William L. Hamlin
Bruce Bowler
Joe Pruett
John Bengamins
Andrew Townsend
Chris Phillips
Igor Schein
Ronald Loftin
Jason Axley
Anthony Worrall
Steve Butterfield
David Thorburn-Gun
Roxanne Brunskill
Cathy Smoth
Niall O Broin
Jay Lessert
Syed Zaeem Hosain
Stuart Little
Carsten B. Knudsen
... and, of course, Mom.

My original Message follows.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Tue, 5 May 1998 10:48:31 -0400 (EDT)
From: Admin Staff <>
To: Sun Managers <>
Subject: Bizarre File Date Problem
Followup-To: Admin Staff <>

To add to my Solaris 2.6 problems (:-))

I have an ultra that's creating files with timestamps that are about 10
minutes in the future.

Tue May 5 10:47:40 EDT 1998
[titan][pts/1]% touch test
[titan][pts/1]% /usr/ucb/ls -l test
-rw------- 1 admin1 0 May 5 10:55 test

Has anyone had this problem?



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