date/time trouble - PST came too early [fixed]

Chris H. chris# at
Fri Nov 2 02:14:37 PDT 2007

Quoting "Chris H." <>:

> Quoting LI Xin <delphij at>:
>> Chris H. wrote:
>>> Quoting LI Xin <delphij at>:
>>>> Chris H. wrote:
>>>>> Any advice would be *greatly* appreciated.
>>>> Install /usr/ports/misc/zoneinfo or upgrade your system to a recent
>>>> release (preferred), e.g. RELENG_6_2 aka FreeBSD 6.2-RELEASE.
>>>> Re-run tzsetup and choose your time zone accordingly.  You will need to
>>>> restart the time-sensitive services afterward, or reboot the whole
>>>> system :-)
>>>> Cheers,
>>>> --
>>> Hello Xin LI, and thank you for your quick response.
>>> FWIW The system already knows what timezone it lives in. It simply chose
>>> to change to PST according to the /normal/ standards. What happened here
>>> in the USA, is that president Bush decided that we'd be better served here
>>> if we waited an additional week to set our clocks back one hour. So. It
>>> seems
>>> this particular server decided to ignore our president (not that I blame
>>> it)
>>> and set the clock back one hour on the /usual/ date. :)
>>> As an experiment, what I have done was bounce the server and set the clock
>>> in the BIOS ahead 1 day > save settings > reboot. My /initial/ findings
>>> seemed hopeful. But, given that I run ntpdate as a cron job, the first time
>>> the job ran, all went back to the /wrong/ dime/date. So as I must wait
>>> for 6.3, I'm just going to end the ntpdate cron job until PST /really/
>>> occurs;
>>> unless of course someone has a better solution. :)
>>> Thanks again for taking the time and effort to respond.
>> I think you have misunderstood me.  I knew what you wanted, which is a
>> corrected day of PDT->PST transition.
>> The reason why you want to install misc/zoneinfo or a more recent
>> release of FreeBSD is exactly because that we have updated it for the
>> modified standards.  For me, America -> United States -> Pacific Time
>> works just fine.
> Ahhh, right you are. I /did/ misunderstand you. Thanks for taking the
> time to /enlighten me. :P
> I'll do as you suggest. Thanks again for your time.
> --Chris

Hello again,
That /was/ the "magic".
All is working as expected.
Just wanted to send a note of thanks. :)


>> Cheers,
>> --
>> Xin LI <delphij at>
>> FreeBSD - The Power to Serve!
> -- 
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