PV Linux Guest Has "Cannot access the Hardware Clock via any known method." Errors (Doc ID 1065342.1)

Last updated on MARCH 08, 2017

Applies to:

Linux OS - Version: 2.4 and later   [Release: and later ]
Linux x86
Linux x86-64
***Checked for relevance on 25-Mar-2012***

Symptoms

In a para-virtualized Linux guest, during system boot or shutdown, the following lines of error are shown on the screen:
Cannot access the Hardware Clock via any known method.
Use the --debug option to see the details of our search for an access method.

hwclock's output in the system is shown as follows:
# hwclock
Cannot access the Hardware Clock via any known method.
Use the --debug option to see the details of our search for an access method.

# hwclock --debug
hwclock from util-linux-2.13-pre7
hwclock: Open of /dev/rtc failed, errno=19: No such device.
No usable clock interface found.
Cannot access the Hardware Clock via any known method.

Cause

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