[CentOS] Time Change: Centos-immune?

John R Pierce pierce at hogranch.com
Wed Mar 7 19:21:09 UTC 2007

Florin Andrei wrote:
> Forget for a moment the fact that one should not override an RPM 
> package with files from a tarball :-) but look at this article:
> http://www.linux-watch.com/news/NS6300294422.html
> It seems like the author assumes that /etc/localtime is already a 
> symlink. Otherwise what would be the point in recommending to update 
> tzdata but don't do anything about /etc/localtime?
> So probably the article (posted on Slashdot, no less) is wrong from 
> the perspective of a Red Hat / CentOS user on two counts:
> - the tzdata update method is bad
> - /etc/localtime is not a symlink on RHEL/CentOS so the method is 
> incomplete

if you read back through the release notes of glibc and tzdata, it was 
determined ages ago that using a symlink from /etc/localtime to 
/usr/share/zoneinfo/<whatever> wasn't a good idea, /usr or /usr/share 
may be a seperate file system and not initially mounted

Myself, I'm wishing our global operations all ran in UTC and -screw- 

of course, I'm also wishing DST would go the way of the steamtrain.

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