Potencionaly lost of synchronization for minetest.get_timeofday() function

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Potencionaly lost of synchronization for minetest.get_timeofday() function

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I am running a server that uses mod orienteering.
After some time of playing, another player say me, that he sees run rise in the bad time and it is happening for a long time period (weeks).
I have done some checks, and it looks like he sees a different time than I see, and he sees a different time than command /time shows him.

i check code of command /time and of orienteering to identify the problem.

orienteering code showing the time:

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        local time = minetest.get_timeofday()
	if watch or gps or quadcorder then
		local totalminutes = time * 1440
		local minutes = totalminutes % 60
		local hours = math.floor((totalminutes - minutes) / 60)
		minutes = math.floor(minutes)
		local twelve = player:get_meta():get_string("orienteering:twelve") == "true"
		if twelve then
			if hours == 12 and minutes == 0 then
				str_time = S("Time: noon")
			elseif hours == 0 and minutes == 0 then
				str_time = S("Time: midnight")
				local hours12 = math.fmod(hours, 12)
				if hours12 == 0 then hours12 = 12 end
				if hours >= 12 then
					str_time = S("Time: @1:@2 p.m.", string.format("%i", hours12), string.format("%02i", minutes))
					str_time = S("Time: @1:@2 a.m.", string.format("%i", hours12), string.format("%02i", minutes))
			str_time = S("Time: @1:@2", string.format("%02i", hours), string.format("%02i", minutes))
		str_time = ""
Builtin code for /time command:

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core.register_chatcommand("time", {
	params = "[<0..23>:<0..59> | <0..24000>]",
	description = "Show or set time of day",
	privs = {},
	func = function(name, param)
		if param == "" then
			local current_time = math.floor(core.get_timeofday() * 1440)
			local minutes = current_time % 60
			local hour = (current_time - minutes) / 60
			return true, ("Current time is %d:%02d"):format(hour, minutes)
		local player_privs = core.get_player_privs(name)
		if not player_privs.settime then
			return false, "You don't have permission to run this command " ..
				"(missing privilege: settime)."
		local hour, minute = param:match("^(%d+):(%d+)$")
		if not hour then
			local new_time = tonumber(param)
			if not new_time then
				return false, "Invalid time."
			-- Backward compatibility.
			core.set_timeofday((new_time % 24000) / 24000)
			core.log("action", name .. " sets time to " .. new_time)
			return true, "Time of day changed."
		hour = tonumber(hour)
		minute = tonumber(minute)
		if hour < 0 or hour > 23 then
			return false, "Invalid hour (must be between 0 and 23 inclusive)."
		elseif minute < 0 or minute > 59 then
			return false, "Invalid minute (must be between 0 and 59 inclusive)."
		core.set_timeofday((hour * 60 + minute) / 1440)
		core.log("action", ("%s sets time to %d:%02d"):format(name, hour, minute))
		return true, "Time of day changed."
And it looks like there is no difference which can explain this problem.

I do an experiment with the player: He calls /time command at 16:00 and 17:00 clock shows by orienteering.
orienteering time: 16:00 command /time : 16:11
orienteering time: 17:00 command /time : 17:49

The player says to me, that he sees time is not changing continuously, but jerkily.

I know that there are some UDP packets lost in the connection between the affected player and server.

So it looks to me, like the part of the orienteering code is processed on the client-side, and UDP packets lost causes client time synchronization lost (so, showed client time is slower than server time).

Both server and affected client using Linux Minetest version 5.3.0
Server using default value of parameter "time_send_interval".

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