What is the background process of "network time" in gnome control center (gnome system settings)? Is there a package providing this feature?

I've noticed that neither ntp nor openntpd are installed in Ubuntu 12.10

ubuntu 12.10 date and time network time


Every time a network connection is established, the script /etc/network/if-up.d/ntpdate runs and ultimately calls ntpdate-debian, which sets the clock from the servers listed in the NTPSERVERS variable defined in /etc/default/ntpdate.


gnome-system-tools is the package provides all this information. This package is a Cross-platform configuration utilities.

Date & Time related are included in gnome-time-admin

Check here for package details: https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/quantal/+package/gnome-time-admin

  • Thank you for your reply. I meant that neither ntp nor openntpd seem to be installed and somehow the clock is synchronized. But I don't know how. Shouldn't there be a background process/daemon running? – Savvas Radevic Nov 15 '12 at 13:31
  • @medigeek: Should. But it could also call ntpdate repeatedly. – Martin Schröder Nov 16 '12 at 9:33

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