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Old 01-23-2014, 01:43 PM   #1
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Arch Linux insists on reading localtime from the hardware clock.

I recently installed Arch Linux on my PC and I'm having some issues with the wrong time being displayed. The time in BIOS is set to the UTC. I checked it and know it for a fact. However, my system time is 6 hours off. I'm in the US Central timezone (CST). Running sudo hwclock interprets the hardware clock as localtime, even though I've set it to UTC in /etc/adjtime. Any ideas?
BIOS time is about 7:42 at the time of this posting. (slightly off since it takes time to write this post.)
Output of sudo hwclock:
Thu 23 Jan 2014 07:39:44 AM CST  -0.907002 seconds
Output of cat /etc/adjtime:
-0.085263 1390482941 0.000000
Output ot timedatectl:
      Local time: Thu 2014-01-23 07:43:14 CST
  Universal time: Thu 2014-01-23 13:43:14 UTC
        Timezone: America/Chicago (CST, -0600)
     NTP enabled: n/a
NTP synchronized: no
 RTC in local TZ: no
      DST active: no
 Last DST change: DST ended at
                  Sun 2013-11-03 01:59:59 CDT
                  Sun 2013-11-03 01:00:00 CST
 Next DST change: DST begins (the clock jumps one hour forward) at
                  Sun 2014-03-09 01:59:59 CST
                  Sun 2014-03-09 03:00:00 CDT

Last edited by CamTheSaxMan; 01-23-2014 at 01:44 PM.
Old 01-23-2014, 04:40 PM   #2
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Use the command timedatectl to set the time, also see this for more info.

Old 01-23-2014, 04:49 PM   #3
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If you are running KDE then click on System Settings -> Date & Time -> Time Zone to get the time zones menu.

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