[Dxspider-support] Node disconnects

Dirk Koopman G1TLH gb7tlh at dxcluster.org
Sat Oct 18 17:25:28 BST 2008

Bob Nielsen wrote:
> Yes Iain, that was my first thought and it was initially set to the 
> local time, but I  corrected that and the disconnects still occurred.  
> Ubuntu doesn't have an installation option to set the clock to UTC and 
> they no longer supply the tzconfig program.  You now need to make a 
> symlink to /usr/share/zoneinfo/UTC for both /etc/timezone and 
> /etc/localtime (I couldn't find that in any of the Ubuntu documentation, 
> but Google came through).

As far as I can tell, Ubuntu stores its time in UTC. At any rate, it 
just works for me.

To set the timezone the debian/ubuntu way do:-

  sudo dpkg-reconfigure tzdata

and answer the questions to set your timezone to your local one. I have 
mine set thusly:

  Current default timezone: 'Europe/London'
  Local time is now:      Sat Oct 18 17:18:49 BST 2008.
  Universal Time is now:  Sat Oct 18 16:18:49 UTC 2008.

DXSpider always uses the gmtime() function (rather than localtime()) so 
that UTC is always displayed, regardless of which timezone you have set 
your computer in. This is assuming that you have set the correct time 
(and/or are running ntpd [sudo apt-get install ntp]) for your timezone.

And yes, having another node still active with the same callsign will 
cause your node to disconnect and reconnect later.


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