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Set Time Zone in Ubuntu

Terminal - Set Time Zone in Ubuntu
sudo dpkg-reconfigure tzdata
2009-04-20 02:08:23
User: hank
Functions: sudo
Set Time Zone in Ubuntu

Reconfigures time zone in Ubuntu, which I cannot figure out how to do through the GUI. Worked like a charm to set my time zone to CEST from EDT.


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yes, and there's actually a distro-independent way of doing this... trying to remember it though. Ah yes, here we go:

# If you wish, backup the previous timezone configuration by copying it to a different location. Such as

mv /etc/localtime /etc/localtime-old

# Create a symbolic link from the appropiate

timezone to /etc/localtime. Example: ln -sf /usr/share/zoneinfo/Europe/Amsterdam /etc/localtime

# ...aaaaaaaaand to set up UTC:

vi /etc/sysconfig/clock # change the UTC line to: "UTC=true"
Comment by linuxrawkstar 379 weeks and 1 day ago

errata: the "timezone to /etc/localtime. Example:" isn't a command. It was highlighted as a command but should be regarded as a #comment instead.

Comment by linuxrawkstar 379 weeks and 1 day ago

the handy command


will also do this for you (probably will need root permission).

I think it's distro independant (if it's in angstrom, I'm pretty sure it's everywhere), but it is there on ubuntu

Comment by clockworkavian 379 weeks and 1 day ago

This should launch the Time and Date settings dialog:


It works in ubuntu, but it should work in any GNOME installation according to the manual page.

Comment by jcollado 361 weeks ago

Your point of view

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