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Old 10-10-2005, 11:24 AM   #1
Jude Lucien
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Help With Date & Time


I have read chapter 16 on Time in the Debian sysadmin manual but I am still confused.

When I run the date command I have the correct UTC time returned. However, I am in EST timezone and in my /etc/timezone file it says America/New York which is also correct.

I am running kde for my desktop and the clock shows the UTC time, not EST. When I try and change the timezone through the Control Center to EST it will not change the clock.

Basically, my pc is stuck on UTC time and I can't figure out how to change it. I know I can reset the time using the date command but as soon as I reboot I will lose the setting. What I want to do is have the hardware clock set to UTC (which I think it is) and have the desktop set to localtime (EST). I know this must be a simple solution but I can't figure out what file/s to change.

Can anyone help?

Cheers,
Jude.

***edit***
I meant to post this in the Debian forum, mods feel free to remove this post.

Last edited by Jude Lucien; 10-10-2005 at 11:27 AM.
 
Old 10-10-2005, 01:26 PM   #2
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man hwclock
 
Old 10-11-2005, 10:29 AM   #3
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I read the man page for hwclock but I am still unclear as to what exactly I need to do to set the system time correctly. I ran hwclock --hctosys but nothing happened, or if it did I don't know what it was.

I'm having trouble because I don't know how things should be configured. If I knew that I may be able to figure out how to make it happen and the hwclock manpage may make more sense to me.

Cheers,
Jude.
 
Old 10-11-2005, 02:46 PM   #4
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--hctosys = hardware clock -> system clock. Basically it sets the OS clock to match the hardware clock. If you want the opposite it can be achieved with
--systohc.

So if you want to set the time with date and save it it would be

date blah,blah (set the time)
hwclock --systohc (store the new system time to the hardware clock)
 
  


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