ntp client is installed by default. All I do when I configure a box is to add a local time provider:
fdion@raspberrypi ~ $ sudo vi /etc/ntp.conf
where it says:
# You do need to talk to an NTP server or two (or three).
Instead of clock1.unc.edu, choose one that is close to you from this list:
fdion@raspberrypi ~ $ sudo /etc/init.d/ntp restart [ ok ] Stopping NTP server: ntpd. [ ok ] Starting NTP server: ntpd. fdion@raspberrypi ~ $ ntpq -p remote refid st t when poll reach delay offset jitter ============================================================================== ns.unc.edu .INIT. 16 u - 1024 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 -184.108.40.206.in 220.127.116.11 2 u 8 128 357 84.964 -7.069 12.917 +a1.hotfile.com 18.104.22.168 2 u 80 128 367 33.450 1.298 1.592 +ponderosa.piney 22.214.171.124 2 u 9 128 357 47.021 -2.056 28.562 *clock.team-cymr 172.16.32.4 2 u 17 128 377 57.341 1.629 4.500
The other thing we have to fix is the timezone. Maybe you are in the right default timezone, but more than likely (statistically more probable) that you are not. So how do we adjust this?
fdion@raspberrypi ~ $sudo dpkg-reconfigure tzdata Current default time zone: 'US/Eastern' Local time is now: Tue Sep 18 18:01:43 EDT 2012. Universal Time is now: Tue Sep 18 22:01:43 UTC 2012.
Let me check the LCD display (driven by the GPIO pins):
This particular Pi runs headless, so that's pretty convenient to get the dhcp assigned IP. I do have to make this a little bit more permanent, although I will switch to a different display (which I also have) that will give me a little more feedback. I'll post about how to do all this soon enough.