Keeping /etc/localtime up-to-date

Matthias Andree matthias.andree at
Mon Mar 28 20:22:24 UTC 2011

Am 28.03.2011 19:57, schrieb dieterbsd at
>> And while I (think I) recall that the equivalent of /etc/localtime
>> was implemented in some version of SunOS many years ago as a symlink,
>> I believe that approach could be problematic for FreeBSD, as it
>> could impose some unintended requirements on some of the start-up
>> scripts.
> I have been running FreeBSD and NetBSD with /etc/localtime being
> a symlink for years and have not seen any problems as a result.

In that case, /etc and /usr/share/timezone (or whatever) need to be in
the same physical file system.  Adds interesting software effects for
those file systems where a directory is a filesystem with its own dev
and thereabouts, such as AFS.

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