Wrong timezone after update

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 1 (SLES 12 SP1)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 2 (SLES 12 SP2)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 3 (SLES 12 SP3)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 4 (SLES 12 SP4)


A system where the timezone is set via timedatectl shows the wrong timezone after updating the system.


One has to decide which mechanism to use, whether timedatectl or the traditional approach via /etc/sysconfig/clock.

If the organization decides to use timedatectl, deleting /etc/sysconfig/clock is a valid approach. 


After an update of the timezone package the system will apply the setting set in /etc/sysconfig/clock. timedatectl does not use or change this file.

There are two separate mechanisms for changing the timezone data on a system:

- Setting the timezone via /etc/sysconfig/clock and linking /usr/share/zoneinfo/$TIMEZONE to /etc/localtime is the traditional one, used by YaST.
- Then also timedatectl, the modern solution invented by systemd.

Additional Information

There is already a change planned for salt, which will force the time state to change /etc/sysconfig/clock.
In the long run /etc/sysconfig/clock will be obsolete and the affected parts of YaST rewritten.


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  • Document ID:7018417
  • Creation Date: 23-Dec-2016
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications

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