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Old 03-27-2012, 03:00 AM   #1
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FTP Timestamps and DST

I have a computer which is dual bootable into Ubuntu 11.10 and Windows 7. It is set up to run an FTP server in either system load - vsftpd in Ubuntu and FileZilla in Windows. There are a number of folders which are fully synchronised between all my computers. When accessing the particular computer from another machine using an FTP client, I have made a curious obervation. I am using Beyond Compare by Scooter Software, a file comparison utility that contains a built-in FTP client and comes in both Windows and Linux versions. It does not seem to matter whether I am running the client in Linux or Windows - the question concerns the platform running the FTP server.

If the server is running Windows/FileZilla everything is fine and all the files and timestamps match on the two sides. When the server is rebooted into Ubuntu however, the very same files take on different timestamps according to the FTP client. Basically an hour is being added on, though in some cases the difference is out by a few seconds which makes it all the more bizarre. I am in the UK and we have just gone on to daylight saving time this past weekend. Is vsftpd re-interpreting the timestamps according to the current DST setting and if so, can this behoviour be overridden as I find it very annoying?

Many thanks,

Old 03-27-2012, 08:02 PM   #2
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I would be curious if your hardware clock on that system was off:
sudo hwclock


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