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Mr.Wolf has evolved from YoctoFacts/yfacts, and is still a time synchronisation commodity for AmigaOS. In most cases it should be a drop-in replacement but It now features custom code for SNTP synchronisation, but can still use the OS libraries if preferred. It is recommended to use the built-in client as it is designed to play nicely with the NTP pool (ntppool.org). WORKBENCH USAGE =============== Double-clicking Mr.Wolf's icon will load it into memory and add it to the list of running commodities. Whilst Mr.Wolf is running, it will periodically synchronise the time in the background. This is the recommended way to use Mr.Wolf. Add it to WBStartup to keep your clock synchronised permanently. Tooltypes --------- MODE Synchronsation module to use, either: SNTP - built-in SNTP client (default) LIBRARY - use timesync.library TZMODE Timezone module to use, currently only one is available: LIBRARY - use timezone.library SERVER Name of the NTP server to synchronise with. If not specified, will default to the below, according to MODE: SNTP - pool.ntp.org LIBRARY - As set in Time Prefs IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO LOOK AT NTPPOOL.ORG AND SET THE SERVER TO A LOCAL POOL IF USING SNTP MODE. PORT Port number to connect to (default NTP port 123) SAVE=BATTCLOCK|SYSTEM Specifies to set the system and/or hardware clock time. POLL=n The interval in minutes to synchronise with the server. Mr.Wolf will attempt to synchronise on startup and then at every n minutes thereafter. Setting POLL=0 will cause Mr.Wolf to quit once the initial startup synchronisation has successfully completed. (default 720 - please set this to SENSIBLE values to reduce load on the server. A few hours is sensible, a few minutes is not!) WARN=n If yfacts fails to synchronise, it will enter "panic mode" and attempt to synchronise once a minute. When the number of panic attempts reaches this warning value, a requester will appear. Setting WARN=-1 will disable all warnings. (default=30) DELAY=n Delays the first sync by n seconds. Sometimes useful to ensure the network is fully initialised. Usage ----- Mr.Wolf has no GUI and can only be controlled through Commodites Exchange. Clicking Remove will quit Mr.Wolf. Attempting to run Mr.Wolf twice will also quit it. The Active/Inactive cycle gadget will stop Mr.Wolf from synchronising. Note that when re-enabled, Mr.Wolf will attempt an immediate synchronisation. CLI USAGE ========= From the Shell, Mr.Wolf will synchronise the clock and exit. In this environment, it is comparable to the OS-provided "date" command with an optional built-in "setclock save". Mr.Wolf SERVER,PORT/N,USE/S,SAVE/S,QUIET/S SERVER is the name of the NTP server to use PORT is the TCP port to use (defaults to 123) USE will cause Mr.Wolf to set the current system time SAVE will cause Mr.Wolf to save the time to the hardware clock (NB: SAVE does not imply USE!) QUIET suppresses all output Note that not specifying either USE or SAVE will connect and retrieve the time but not do anything useful or interesting. Currently it is not possible to set the sync module through the command line, it always uses the built-in SNTP client. Example: Mr.Wolf USE SAVE Will synchronise with the default server, and set the system and hardware clocks. HISTORY ======= 2.2 (24.02.2023) * Fixed a bug where Mr.Wolf would wait 15 minutes in certain circumstances (DELAY etc) 2.1 (02.02.2022) * Renamed to Mr.Wolf * New built-in SNTP client Ancient history - YoctoFacts 1.5 (16.03.2013) added DELAY tooltype 1.4 (08.02.2013) default server etc set to that in Time Prefs 1.3 (08.02.2013) add panic mode for more rapid attempts when a sync fails 1.2 (06.02.2013) fix timezone offset 1.1 (05.02.2013) first release FUTURE ====== The intention is to make this compatible with OS3, but there is some work to do around timezones. CONTACT ======= Chris Young <chris()unsatisfactorysoftware.co.uk> http://www.unsatisfactorysoftware.co.uk Often emails to that address end up in SPAM, it is better to raise an issue at https://github.com/chris-y/MrWolf DISCLAIMER ========== All use of this software is at your own risk. It comes with no warranty either expressed or implied. The author will take no responsibility for loss of data incurred directly or indirectly as a result of using this software.
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