daylight savings time

D Hill d.hill at
Tue Mar 18 20:53:06 PDT 2008

On Tue, 18 Mar 2008 at 19:31 -0700, nlandys at confabulated:

> I'm running FreeBSD 5.5.  I'm in California and my hardware clock is set to
> UTC I believe (how to check if it's important?).  Ever since the daylight
> saving time shift here in California a couple of weeks ago my clock has been
> late by one hour.  For example right now it is 7:28 PM and my computer says:
> nlandys at speedy# date
> Tue Mar 18 18:28:08 PST 2008
> I have NTP running and I verified that it works by setting the clock to be
> off by one hour and one minute (basically nudge the time by one minute) and
> the clock synchronizes itself to be accurate to the minute and second but
> off by one hour.
> Does anyone know how to fix this?  Is there some sort of updated time zone
> data that I need?  Thanks in advance.

Our server BIOS clocks are set to UTC. To ensure UTC time in FBSD, I've 
always removed the file /etc/localtime. FBSD will default to UTC if it can 
not find /etc/localtime (at least that's what I've witnessed since FBSD 

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