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       adjtime - information about hardware clock setting and drift factor


       The  file /etc/adjtime contains descriptive information about the hard-
       ware mode clock setting and clock drift factor.  The file is  read  and
       write  by  hwclock;  and  read by programs like rtcwake to get RTC time

       The file is usually located in  /etc,  but  tools  like  hwclock(8)  or
       rtcwake(8) allow to use alternative location by command line options if
       write access to /etc is unwanted.  The default clock mode is  "UTC"  if
       the file is missing.

       The  Hardware Clock is usually not very accurate.  However, much of its
       inaccuracy is completely predictable -  it  gains  or  loses  the  same
       amount  of  time every day.  This is called systematic drift.  The util
       hwclock keeps the file /etc/adjtime, that keeps some historical  infor-
       mation.   For  more details see "The Adjust Function" and  "The Adjtime
       File" sections from hwckock(8) man page.

       The format of the adjtime file is, in ASCII.

   First line
       Three numbers, separated by blanks:

       drift factor
              the systematic drift rate in seconds  per  day  (floating  point

       last adjust time
              the  resulting  number of seconds since  1969  UTC  of  most re-
              cent adjustment or calibration (decimal integer)

       adjustment status
              zero (for compatibility with clock(8)) as a decimal integer.

   Second line
       last calibration time
              The resulting number of seconds since 1969 UTC  of  most  recent
              calibration.  Zero if there has been no calibration yet or it is
              known that any previous calibration is moot  (for  example,  be-
              cause the Hardware Clock has been found, since that calibration,
              not to contain a valid time).  This is a decimal integer.

   Third line
       clock mode
              Supported values are "UTC" or "LOCAL".  Tells whether the  Hard-
              ware  Clock  is set to Coordinated Universal Time or local time.
              You can always override this value with options on  the  hwclock
              command line.


       hwclock(8), rtcwake(8)

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