[CentOS] timezone issue

Sun Apr 17 07:13:28 UTC 2011
John R Pierce <pierce at hogranch.com>

On 04/16/11 9:47 PM, Tim Dunphy wrote:
> 16 Apr 19:46:13 ntpdate[1968]: step time server offset 14408.651330 sec

14400 seconds is 4 hours.   not sure the significance of that, but...

the commonest issue with messed up time zones is whether the BIOS CMOS 
clock is set to UTC or local, and whether the OS knows it correctly.

in addition to /etc/localtime (which really shoudl be copied from 
/usr/share and not linked, if /usr is an alternate file system, the link 
will not be available when the OS starts), there's /etc/sysconfig/clock  
which tells the OS whether CMOS is UTC or not, and also gives the time 
zone, and should give it as America/New_York, and not the EST5EDT style.