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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 310 weeks 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 310 weeks 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 310 weeks 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 291 weeks and 6 days ago

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