Again Ubuntu is NOT keeping accurate Time and date in Virtualbox

Asked by Snooper on 2019-11-01

Again Ubuntu is NOT keeping accurate Time and date in Virtualbox: Especially NOT the seconds. Attempting to Reset to Correct time Manually is NOT implemented and NOT saved by the operating System. This is happening all too frequently Especially since the FIREFOX October updates/Upgrades which is now causing THE ENTIRE OPERATING SYSTEM to REPEATEDLY be frozen up and CRASH by certain Web Site Actions such as Google/Youtube and Facebook. Often they seem to be Intentionally doing it just to mess up the Ubuntu Linux Operating System. And Whatever Mozilla did to BRAKE their browser to cause this behavior which was Not happening Before these Updates (Specifically the First one in October, 2019.) they are still REFUSING to fix.

WHEN WILL THIS BE FIXED?

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2019-11-01
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2019-11-03

If you use NTP it'll be fine.

Drop the attitude. You sound like a petulant child. It doesn't make anyone want to help you any more. It probably makes them want to help you LESS.

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #2

It is not Ubuntu that is not keeping accurate time and date, but it is VirtualBox that does not correctly emulate a real time clock.
For the time and date problem, I have already several times described a workaround:
Open a terminal window and issue the commands
timedatectl set-ntp off
timedatectl set-ntp on
This will sync the time with an official time server on the web.

If you execute the command
timedatectl status

You will most probably see that the real time clock (RTC) is a few days off. This is probably one of the causes for time/date problem in Ubuntu hosts on VirtualBox.

You can set the RTC to the same value as the clock (when set correctly with "timedatectl set-ntp on") with the command
sudo hwclock --set --date "`LANG=C date`"

And to your other problem: If you have a windows host system and an Ubuntu guest, why do you need to use Firefox in Ubuntu instead of Firefox on Windows? You could avoid all the problems that you describe by avoiding the use of Firefox on Ubuntu.
Another possible option is stopping the use of Firefox at all, and using another web browser (e.g. chrome/chromium). Why do you insist on using Firefox, if you have frequent problems with it?

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