OK, this little gem was worth the hell getting there:
SIDRAT:/etc# /etc/init.d/ntp stop
Stopping NTP server: ntpd.
SIDRAT:/etc# ntpdate 0.debian.pool.ntp.org
8 Apr 05:41:51 ntpdate: step time server 184.108.40.206 offset 204327186.111730 sec
Note the time offset; I’ve had the server off since before the 2007 DST was supposed to take effect. Apparently it reverted to Oct 2001 (argh).
Anyway, having to change the IP on the durn NSLU2 ‘slug’ is extremely annoying, especially when the initial IP information is in the bootloader (and you’ve changed the router subnet in the interim!). I’ve still got to fix that, but Thank God for a Linux install on the HP notebook (which I do need to fix and/or change as well, bah!).
All this to get my irssi IRC logs saved someplace safe. Gotta love it. Plenty of work still to do on it, but at least I got the foot in the door again.