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Manual page for RDATE(8C)

rdate - set system date from a remote host


/usr/ucb/rdate hostname


This program is available with the Networking software installation option. Refer to [a manual with the abbreviation INSTALL] for information on how to install optional software.


rdate sets the local date and time from the hostname given as argument. You must be super-user on the local system. Typically rdate can be inserted as part of your /etc/rc.local startup script.




Could be modified to accept a list of hostnames and try each until a valid date returned. Better yet would be to write a real date server that accepted broadcast requests.

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