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Old 03-14-2007, 04:32 PM   #1
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Problem with time on Arch

Im still fairly new to Linux especially Arch...btw I love it. Anyways as we just passed daylight savings time I noticed my clock's time didnt change. I went to /etc/rc.conf and checked the timezones and what not and have tried both UTC and localtime...but I cant get the time to read what it's supposed to it's still an hour behind....Does anyone know how to change this?
Old 03-14-2007, 05:56 PM   #2
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If your machine has only Arch Linux installed on it (not a dual boot machine with Windows), you should choose in /etc/rc.conf :

I'm not sure of the time zone for New Mexico, so check that and choose the right one for your place.

After a reboot, you have to set the RTC (Real Time Clock), also called Hardware clock, using these commands under root :
/sbin/hwclock --utc --set --date=newdate
/sbin/hwclock --hctosys
see 'man hwclock' for details on this command

Take care to give the UTC time in '--date=newdate', not the local time.
Normally that should take care of DST time changing.

But I also read that a new date for DST time changing has been chosen this year in USA, you should look for infos about that to find other specific actions that has to be done.
I think there are many threads about that in the forum.
See also the Arch Linux Forum

Last edited by berbae; 03-14-2007 at 06:03 PM.
Old 03-14-2007, 08:00 PM   #3
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Yea ive tried all that...I assume the problem would be due to the date change for DLS...when my buddy and I tried that it set the time completely out of 7 hours off...and we had the correct timezone and ill look for some threads more specofoc to the date change for DLS...thanks man


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