Listing, updating and changing the system timezone in Linux servers are important operations mostly when dealing with scheduling tasks, cronjobs. In today’s post-VPS age, timezones shouldn’t be confused with the cloud regions. Bold statement but, virtualized Linux kernels don’t care in which cloud regions they are being deployed. With that said, here are some commands that could help you list and update timezones in Linux virtual machines.
Multiple ways to get the current timezone:
cat /etc/timezone timedatectl ls -l /etc/localtime date
Check available timezones:
Finally, pick the timezone of your choice or decision, and update it. For instance:
timedatectl set-timezone Europe/Copenhagen
or, if you need a more interactive way, run:
Of course, there are other alternative ways to update the timezone such as using the GUI, or symlinks, but in my book, these are not efficient enough.
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