[Dovecot] Time just moved backwards

Daniel L. Miller dmiller at amfes.com
Sun Apr 8 21:58:32 EEST 2007

Chaos Engine wrote:
> Hi there,
> I got a daily cron (rdate to local time server) job wich adjusts time and
> which constantly gives me headache.
> Every day my dovecot suicides with:
> "dovecot: Time just moved backwards by 11 seconds. This might cause a 
> lot of
> problems, so I'll just kill myself now."
> Of course my onboard clock is constantly off by more than 5 secs.
> I don't want
> to abandon time synchronization and I want to use dovecot. Maybe a
> -HUP signal would do? What do you propose?
If your hardware isn't on the verge of a total nervous breakdown - are 
you currently on a UPS?  Bad power could lead to that kind of clock loss.

And I'd suggest switching to ntpd instead of a daily cron - lot less 
maintenance headaches.


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