Clock Setback Detected

SoundBridge and RitMix uses a licensing manager called Reprise Licensing Manager (RLM) by Reprise Software.

RLM detects windback by looking for future-dated files in system directories, and examining the accessed and modified timestamps on all the files there. In many cases just running the system for a little while with the correct date will access the future-dated files and the problem will clear itself. Often a reboot helps too.

  1. Remove the license.lic file from your SoundBridge folder within My Documents.
  2. Please check the system date and time on your computer and ensure that it is correct for your current location.
  3. Start up SoundBridge

If it doesn’t clear itself, you will have to go into those directories and look for the offending files, and set them to the current time by accessing them. Below are the directions for how to do this on Mac and PC.

Resolve Date/Time Function Issues

  • Mac: 
    • Find Files. Within a terminal window, from anywhere, please type the following:
      ls -ltrcH /etc
      ls -ltrcH /var/log
      ls -ltruH /etc
      ls -ltruH /var/log

      This will identify the time and date stamp on these files.

    • Corrective Action. If there are any files with with a date later than today, please run this command on those files displaying a future date from a terminal window. You will need to be in the /etc/ and /var/log/ folders
      sudo touch filename
    • Verify. After executing the above, re-run these commands to ensure the timestamps are updated correctly:
      ls -ltrcH /var/log

      This will show that the future-dated files now have the current date’s timestamp and SoundBridge should be able to run.

      Start up SoundBridge.

  • Windows: 
    On Windows, this error message is related to file timestamps on your system that are not current. RLM may be detecting clock-windback and not honoring expiring licenses.

    • Find Files. You can find the offending file(s) in a Command Window with these commands:
      dir /od /ta C:\Windows (displays and sorts on last access time)


      dir /od /tw C:\Windows (displays and sorts on last write time)

      Copy and paste the output from those commands into a text file to help see if any files have a future timestamp that can be corrected.

    • Corrective Action. If your output shows a future date, perform the following commands to modify the timestamps appropriately for the license manager to work. You can run these commands in a Command Prompt (or place the contents in a .bat file and run it from the command prompt).You will need to update these sample commands with the actual file name of each future-dated file. Ensure that you use the correct command for the future-dated files as some files are future-dated based on ‘last write time’ and some are ‘last access time’. 
      powershell $(Get-Item C:\Windows\SampleDirectoryName).lastwritetime=$(Get-Date) OR
      powershell $(Get-Item C:\Windows\SampleFileName.dll).lastaccesstime=$(Get-Date) OR
      powershell $(Get-Item C:\Windows\SampleFileName.exe).lastaccesstime=$(Get-Date)
    • Example. Below are examples of the commands run for future-dated files from one customer:
      powershell $(Get-Item C:\Windows\CSC).lastaccesstime=$(Get-Date)
      powershell $(Get-Item C:\Windows\CSC).lastwritetime=$(Get-Date)
      powershell $(Get-Item C:\Windows\RtlExUpd.dll).lastaccesstime=$(Get-Date)
      powershell $(Get-Item C:\Windows\SwUSB.exe).lastaccesstime=$(Get-Date)
      powershell $(Get-Item C:\Windows\runSW.exe).lastaccesstime=$(Get-Date)
      powershell $(Get-Item C:\Windows\PidVid_List.txt).lastaccesstime=$(Get-Date)
    • Verify. After executing the above, re-run these commands to ensure the timestamps are updated correctly:
      dir /od /ta C:\Windows
      dir /od /tw C:\Windows

      If the output does not show any files with a timestamp greater than today’s date, please try to start SoundBridge or RitMix.