FreeBSD loses time when used in VMware

Gary Hendricks bsdmail at
Thu Jul 6 15:11:30 BST 2006

Gary Hendricks wrote:
> Stephen Allen wrote:
>> I run my FreeBSD installation in a VMware session, which I pause each
>> time I shut my computer down.  This means I have to reset the date/time
>> when I start it again.  However, the time seems to be running slow... it
>> takes about 1.5 seconds for a second to pass in FreeBSD.
>> I run a Gentoo installation too, which a) doesn't suffer this problem,
>> and b) seems to set itself the right time when I resume it from being
>> paused?!
>> Any ideas why FreeBSD time is running slow?
>> Many thanks,
>> Steve :)
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> In a bid to bring the conversation back on track, I have a VMWare 
> image running and suspended it.
> Will update you whether the time slows down in the virtual machine and 
> whether it is a FreeBSD thing or not.
> What is your securelevel set at? Some levels can prohibit the update 
> of time by anything more than a second or so.
> -Gary
> PS: English is not my first language either.. ;-)
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OK, These are my findings.

My clock did not update until I issued an ntpdate with one of our 
servers. So no obvious 'automatic' updating from the host.

My time seem to be running pretty shoddy with the host as reported.

6 Jul 14:06:58 ntpdate[97755]: step time server  offset 7.012476 sec
6 Jul 14:08:14 ntpdate[97756]: step time server  offset 36.679682 sec
6 Jul 14:08:29 ntpdate[97757]: step time server  offset 7.391938 sec
6 Jul 14:08:46 ntpdate[97758]: step time server  offset 8.141272 sec
6 Jul 14:08:59 ntpdate[97759]: step time server  offset 6.409949 sec


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