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What is the correct way of setting the timezone (CentralEuropeanTime... or now rather CET with Daylight Savings Time) on the latest version of OpenIndiana Hipster?

I've tried a changing a few things in /etc/, but I'm obviously not doing it right, since my clock remains at Universal-time (UTC). A similar question (for Solaris?) suggested a command, but this isn't available on OpenIndiana - nor is the package it was supposed to be in.

I got a multi-boot system, so I want to keep the system clock in Universal (UTC), rather than in local-time (CET).

So what exactly should I do - where and how?
(I guess the easiest would be to just make, edit or link a file in /etc, or something if possible...)

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    What files have you tried changing? – schaiba Mar 26 '17 at 15:07
  • I tried setting /etc/timezone - but it's possibly I did it wrong... I put in the line "Europe/Oslo MyHostName". I also tried to copy the zone-info file for "Europe/Oslo" to /etc/localtime. I should perhaps note that my LANG=en_US.UTF-8 and my keyboard is set to Norwegian... The time shown is UTC/GMT - the same as the computer's hardware clock. – Baard Kopperud Mar 27 '17 at 13:59
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System-wide timezone setting is controlled by TZ variable in /etc/default/init.

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I suspect it'd be the same way as changed in Solaris 11, by using nlsadm.

Look for the timezone:

solaris11 [8]# nlsadm list-timezone | grep -i central

Canada/Central

US/Central

I didn't see European central, but there were 62 to pick from if I grep'd for Europe. Your distro of OpenIndiana would probably give different results.

Set the timezone:

solaris11 [9]# nlsadm set-timezone <TIME_ZONE>

Update per @Baard Kopperud's comment:

Ok, how about looking to see if the timezone service is in SMF. As I think nlsadm is a tool to allow the SAs to easily move over from flatfile configs to things being more defined in SMF with v11.

[] # svccfg -s svc:/system/timezone:default listprop |grep localtime timezone/localtime astring US/Eastern sysconfig/config_properties astring sc_timezone:timezone/localtime`

[] # svccfg -s timezone:default svc:/system/timezone:default> setprop timezone/localtime = <NEW_TIMEZONE_LOCALE> svc:/system/timezone:default> end [] # svcadm refresh timezone

  • Yeah, that's pretty much the other post I found suggested... Unfortunately, there is no nlsadm command on my system (only one called nlsadmin - which appears to do something completely different). The other post suggested that the package with the nlsadm-command could be installed... I tried, but it appear there is no such package on OpenIndian Hipster. Hence, I'm trying to find some config-file to edit manually... – Baard Kopperud Mar 27 '17 at 20:23
  • I added an update in regards to your comment. Not what you're wanting, but you could always specify the TZ in the various shell files (.cshrc, .profile). – sleepyweasel Mar 27 '17 at 21:55

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