Setting Timezone on a Linux Server

Setting Timezone on a Linux Server

Generally when a server is setup, the time set on the server is as per the timezone of the area where the datacentre is located. But for a web hosting uk server the clients are spread all over the world with different timezones. I will recommend to set the the UTC timezone.

The files related to various timezones are located at /usr/share/zoneinfo on the server. To set the timezone to UTC:

Edit the file

# vi /etc/sysconfig/clock

change the line ‘UTC=false’ to ‘UTC=true’.

Now set the local timezone to UTC

# ln -s /usr/share/zoneinfo/UTC /etc/localtime

Check the time by

# date

The above was an example to set the timezone to UTC. You can create symlink for any timezone by using above method to set your desired timezone.

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