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ntpd doesn't attempt that if the gap between recorded and actual time is far off (e.g. if the CMOS battery dies, which is the most common case I've encountered). In those cases, you're expected to manually intervene (e.g. by running ntpdate), which does indeed gap time.

Not sure about chrony, since I haven't used it (or heard of it, admittedly).




Most systems will jump the clock once at startup. This is sometimes implemented as a jump during the ntp startup script, which may also be run by the admin at any time.

The whole article is about edge cases. It doesn’t really matter if they aren’t super common: the result is that mtimes do act weird sometimes, and if you build a system that depends on them, it will also act weird sometimes.




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