Fedora 18 Timezone Configuration Changes

There are a number of changes to timezone configuration files in Fedora 18.

Probably the biggest change is that /etc/localtime replaced /etc/sysconfig/clock and the system timezone is now configured by creating an appropriate symbolic link from /etc/localtime to the relevant timezone file in /usr/share/zonedata. This is more like what the GNU/Debian distribution and it’s downstream distributions such as Ubuntu do.

To list available timezones run the following command:

# timedatectl list-timezone

To set the system timezone, to for example Eastern Standard Time, run the following command:

# timedatectl set-timezone 'Atlantic/New York'

It just updates the link /etc/localtime to point to the correct timezone installed in /usr/share/zoneinfo/. You could do this manually from a shell if you so wished.

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