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Yesterday, my Debian desktop was crash (gnome-shell) so i intend to install minimal desktop environment such as Fluxbox. I’m just using terminal to access servers everyday, so actually i don’t need GUI, i need GUI just for internet browsing, cause console-based browser such elinks or w3m couldn’t display an image, hahaha

 

I’d like to ‘suspend to disk’ (formerly: hibernate) my machine, instead completely or really shutdown the machine. One day i realized that my clock doesn’t display a correct time!!

 


$ date

Mon Feb 13 10:37:33 PST 2012

 


$ date -R

Mon, 13 Feb 2012 10:36:10 -0800

 

In fact, my host ‘live’ on different time zone (GMT +7, WIT)
So here it’s a little HOW-TO in full CLI method, very useful for server🙂

 
Backup current timezone (file)


# mv /etc/localtime /etc/localtime-old

 

Change this file to appropriate timezone, (take a look at /usr/share/zoneinfo/*)
Create a symbolic link between them

 


# ln -sf /usr/share/Asia/Jakarta /etc/localtime-old

 
(nb: in my case i live in West Indonesia Time(WIT))
 
Now update current time to Time Server


# rdate -s time-a.nist.gov

 
or using ntpdate if rdate not currently installed on your system


# ntpdate time-a.nist.gov

 
Finally check again our time, is it in correct timezone or not?
 


$ date

Mon Feb 13 10:49:35 WIT 2012

 
or
 


$ date -R

Mon, 13 Feb 2012 10:49:32 +0700

 
Hope it helps🙂
Thx