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Old 02-13-2008, 06:42 AM   #1
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'date' always shows utc !

I am using archlinux current and have run into this weird problem. I do not recall what I could have messed up... may be someone with good understanding of how the date command functions can help?
Here is the problem:
root@GeneX:~ # ls -l /etc/localtime 
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 33 2008-01-22 19:49 /etc/localtime -> /usr/share/zoneinfo/Asia/Calcutta
root@GeneX:~ # hwclock --hctosys --localtime
root@GeneX:~ # date
Wed Feb 13 18:02:52 UTC 2008
root@GeneX:~ # hwclock --hctosys --utc      
root@GeneX:~ # date
Wed Feb 13 18:03:01 UTC 2008
My timezone file is at place, yet i get date as UTC. Setting system time using hwclock with --utc or --localtime do not make any difference!

Any idea where is the problem?
Old 02-13-2008, 06:54 AM   #2
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Is your TZ environment variable set, perhaps to UTC or something invalid?
Old 02-13-2008, 08:45 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply Matir!
There was no TZ environment variable.
Even if I set it, there is no difference in the output of date and date -u.

$ export TZ="Asia/Calcutta"
$ date
Wed Feb 13 20:10:56 Asia/Calcutta 2008
$ date -u
Wed Feb 13 20:11:06 UTC 2008

My concern is that my /etc/localtime is not being used. My timezone is GMT+5:30, but i do not see date giving me two time outputs that differ by 5:30.
Old 02-14-2008, 09:43 PM   #4
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I am surprised....
People do not have any suggestions for my case!!!
Old 05-28-2009, 11:01 AM   #5
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Know this is an old thread, but it turns up high in google searches for this problem... and it took me 30 minutes or so to work out and I'm not a newbie by any means...

Short form... the ln -sf from /usr/share/zoneinfo/xyz to /etc/localtime did not work for me on CentOS 5.2 or 5.3 ... however a cp of the same file did. Yes I know it makes no sense at all, but that's what worked for me. Might save others a headache or two.
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:41 PM   #6
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I'm running the current debian testing (Wheezy) and it turns out that my timezone, Europe/Rome, does not work, forcing all the system to show UTC times.
Setting /etc/localtime to Europe/Berlin weirdly fixes my problem.


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