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INITTODR(9) DragonFly Kernel Developer's Manual INITTODR(9)
inittodr -- initialize system time
The inittodr() function determines the time and sets the system clock.
It tries to pick the correct time using a set of heuristics that examine
the system's battery backed clock and the time obtained from the root
file system, as given in base. How the base value is obtained will vary
depending on the root file system type. The heuristics used include:
* If the battery-backed clock has a valid time, it is used.
* If the battery-backed clock does not have a valid time, the time pro-
vided in base will be used.
Once a system time has been determined, it is stored in the time vari-
The inittodr() function prints diagnostic messages if it has trouble fig-
uring out the system time. Conditions that can cause diagnostic messages
to be printed include:
* The battery-backed clock's time appears nonsensical.
On many systems, inittodr() has to convert from a time expressed in terms
of year, month, day, hours, minutes, and seconds to time, expressed in
seconds. Many of the implementations could share code, but do not.
Each system's heuristics for picking the correct time are slightly dif-
The DragonFly implementation should do a better job of validating the
time provided in base when the battery-backed clock is unusable. Cur-
rently it unconditionally sets the system clock to this value.
DragonFly 4.7 March 22, 1997 DragonFly 4.7