FW: tzdata question

Ilya Dogolazky ilya.dogolazky at nokia.com
Wed Apr 14 18:08:13 UTC 2010

Hi Bob,

if you wish to stop your boss barking before you have solved the problem 
properly, then just try to remove the /etc/localtime symlink:
it should be enough to put your machine to UTC timezone.



04/14/2010 08:00 PM, ext Olson, Arthur David (NIH/NCI) [E] пишет:
> I'm forwarding this message from Bob German, who is not on the time zone mailing list. Those of you who are on the list, please direct replies appropriately.
>           --ado
> ________________________________________
> From: bobgerman at bobgerman.com [bobgerman at bobgerman.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 1:29 PM
> To: tz at lecserver.nci.nih.gov
> Subject: tzdata question
> Hello,
> I hope this is the right place for this question.  A coworker
> suggested filing a bug report, but I'm not confident enough in what
> I'm seeing to do so.
> I recently updated two servers from CentOS 5.2 to 5.4.  In the
> process, of course, the tzdata package was updated.  Shortly after
> updating, my boss began barking about a server with the wrong timezone
> showing up in our logging.  He's very uptight about that sort of
> thing.  We log everything with UTC religiously because we have servers
> all over the planet.
> Further investigation revealed that on these two particular servers,
> which had been updated with CentOS 5.4 (and the tzdata package), we
> could NOT change the time by the usual means (rm /etc/localtime; ln -s
> /usr/share/zoneinfo/UTC /etc/localtime).  This works everywhere else
> in our datacenters, so we were confused.  Upon looking closer, it
> appears the UTC file installed by the latest tzdata package is not a
> UTC file.  Running strings on it reveals EST5EDT.
> I don't know if this is a problem at the source, or a packaging
> problem somewhere along the stream.  I'm sending it to this email
> address because this is what I found in the README for the tzdata
> package.  Please feel free to correct me in any way that will help me
> stop my boss from barking, as this is every information technologist's
> duty in life.
> Thank you for your brain cycles.

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