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Actually, the "apt-daily.timer: Adding 1h 17min 24.927437s random time" message have real impact, not only noise. Each time sdwdate change time, systemd adds a random delay to those timers. which means the timer will never expire (unless that random delay will happen to be very close to 0 - i.e. below the time until sdwdate change the time, which looks to be 1s).
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In theory, we could make sdwdate provide a local (default) (or optional opt-in server) NTP compatible time provider. Could be useful anyhow. -> sdwdate-server No idea how hard that would be.
And then configure NTP to connect only to that local NTP server.
Aug 6 2018
/usr/sbin/ntpdate as far as I know doesn't accept a command line command to take an offset (or anything). It connects to remote servers in its default design.
Yes, not readily accessible from command line.
The easy way: calculating the offset between local time and the onion average in timesync then using ntpdate's slew option if the offset is less than 0.5s. Otherwise you tell it to step up the time immediately so that you are accurately mimicking the default behavior. However you can force slewing all the time with -B. This way you won't need to touch kernel syscalls as ntpdate should be able to do the operation for you.
From what I understand, this code path is only relevant when timesyncd is talking directly with NTP servers and reacting to replies about deltas between local and remote times. There is no way you can call that function from the command line when using timedatectl standalone AFAICT.
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Since we are interested in ntpd's default behavior (for blending in purposes) it turns out that it performs instant clock jumps once the delta difference is excessively large otherwise its slewing algorithm would take forever to adjust the time.
It doesn't seem that timedatectl supports gradual time adjustment. Our next best option is ntpd which can do so but cannot coexist with timedatectl - we can only run either but not both. According to popcon, ntpd is the mos widely used time daemon so its the natural choice.
Currently time is set using gnu date (clock jump) (initial run after current boot) or sclockadj (consecutive run) (slow clock adjustment).
Jul 25 2018
the time could be set with timedatectl by feeding it the time with this command:
Stretch+ uses systemd-timesyncd by default therefore its the most popular.
This is sorted in a later version of systemd.
sclockadj3 is done -> T686.