ADJTIME(2) System Calls ADJTIME(2)


NAME


adjtime - correct the time to allow synchronization of the system clock

SYNOPSIS


#include <sys/time.h>

int adjtime(struct timeval *delta, struct timeval *olddelta);


DESCRIPTION


The adjtime() function adjusts the system's notion of the current time as
returned by gettimeofday(3C), advancing or retarding it by the amount of
time specified in the struct timeval pointed to by delta.


The adjustment is effected by speeding up (if that amount of time is
positive) or slowing down (if that amount of time is negative) the
system's clock by some small percentage, generally a fraction of one
percent. The time is always a monotonically increasing function. A time
correction from an earlier call to adjtime() may not be finished when
adjtime() is called again.


If delta is 0, then olddelta returns the status of the effects of the
previous adjtime() call with no effect on the time correction as a result
of this call. If olddelta is not a null pointer, then the structure it
points to will contain, upon successful return, the number of seconds
and/or microseconds still to be corrected from the earlier call. If
olddelta is a null pointer, the corresponding information will not be
returned.


This call may be used in time servers that synchronize the clocks of
computers in a local area network. Such time servers would slow down the
clocks of some machines and speed up the clocks of others to bring them
to the average network time.


Only a processes with appropriate privileges can adjust the time of day.


The adjustment value will be silently rounded to the resolution of the
system clock.

RETURN VALUES


Upon successful completion, adjtime() returns 0. Otherwise, it returns -1
and sets errno to indicate the error.

ERRORS


The adjtime() function will fail if:

EFAULT
The delta or olddelta argument points outside the process's
allocated address space, or olddelta points to a region of the
process's allocated address space that is not writable.


EINVAL
The tv_usec member of delta is not within valid range (-1000000
to 1000000).


EPERM
The {PRIV_SYS_TIME} privilege is not asserted in the effective
set of the calling process.


Additionally, the adjtime() function will fail for 32-bit interfaces if:

EOVERFLOW
The size of the tv_sec member of the timeval structure
pointed to by olddelta is too small to contain the correct
number of seconds.


SEE ALSO


date(1), gettimeofday(3C), privileges(5)


January 20, 2003 ADJTIME(2)