How can I add location-agnostic timezones to my clock?

Asked by TenLeftFingers on 2013-02-20

Sometimes I see an event such as an Ubuntu on Air event or something scheduled for IRC / Google+ that uses something like PST (Pacific Time Zone) or UTC (Coordinated Universal Time). I cannot add these in the gnome-control-center and as a result have to google for places that might be in this time-zone and add them.

Is there a way to do what I need directly?

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David Pires (slickymaster) said : #1

To change the system date, type the following at a shell prompt as root:

date +%D -s YYYY-MM-DD

…where YYYY is a four-digit year, MM is a two-digit month, and DD is a two-digit day of the month. For example, to change the date to 2 June 2010, type:

~]# date +%D -s 2010-06-02

You can verify the current settings by running date without any additional argument.

To change the current time, run the following command as root:

date +%T -s HH:MM:SS

…where HH stands for an hour, MM is a minute, and SS is a second, all typed in a two-digit form. If your system clock is set to use UTC (Coordinated Universal Time), also add the following option:

date +%T -s HH:MM:SS -u

For instance, to set the system clock to 11:26 PM using the UTC, type:
~]# date +%T -s 23:26:00 -u

You can verify the current settings by running date without any additional argument.

Hi David, thank you for you reply. This isn't what I'm looking for. I want to add *more* times to my clock applet - not change the current time. The gnome-control-center only lists geographical locations, not pure timezones. This is the issue I would like to fix.

David Pires (slickymaster) said : #3

I've linked your question to a related known bug:

Bug #979287: Can't add 'other locations' for clock in 12.04 and 12.10

David Pires (slickymaster) said : #4

Can you please post the output of the following (run it a terminal window):

uname -a


Linux jarlath-EP35-DS3 3.2.0-38-generic-pae #60-Ubuntu SMP Wed Feb 13 13:47:26 UTC 2013 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

Thank you.

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