[ntp:questions] Re: TIMEZONE

simbulu at gmail.com simbulu at gmail.com
Tue May 23 00:06:48 UTC 2006

/etc/TIMEZONE does not seem to be used on the (mostly RedHat) systems I
know of.

The TZ variable is well known, and should be set pr. user (by some
script when logging in).
The TZ describes a user preference/condition/locale and is irrelevant
to the system (which should run ntp on UTC on *nix).

Btw. RedHat-7.3 used /etc/localtime as a copy of timezone description
file found under /usr/share/zoneinfo/, and did not use /etc/TIMEZONE at
all. I have not noticed any change to this on any later releases.

The timezone info is supposed to be complete back to 1/1-1970,
accounting for any local quirks, and might be somewhat complex (due to
local politics). Your distributor of your OS should provide the details
though the /usr/share/zoneinfo files or similar files.

You are right - this has not much to do with ntp...

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