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Ubuntu messed about with several ways to do ntp clock sync. This finally worked:

  • make sure systemd-timesyncd is installed and active (it is by default)
sudo systemctl status systemd-timesyncd.service
  • update /etc/systemd/timesyncd.conf, fixing two things:
sudo emacs -nw /etc/systemd/timesyncd.conf 
NTP=time.google.com          # google more reliable than ubuntu, perhaps
FallbackNTP=ntp.ubuntu.com   # might as well fallback, tho
RootDistanceMaxSec=55        # THIS SEEMS VERY IMPORTANT, the default of 5 was timing out
  • This should say yes, haven't seemed to get this working yet... TBD...
sudo timedatectl status
             System clock synchronized: no
             NTP service: active
  • So i fucking forced it for the moment, P I T A ...
sudo date 12072037