How do I change the timezone of my Linode?

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The timestamp from my Linode does not match the local time. How can I check which timezone is being used and update that?

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There are several methods to check and update the timezone on your Linode. Just for clarity, I'll be using America/New_York as my example timezone. If you aren't sure of the naming for your timezone, you can find a list with the following command, or on the following URL:

ls /usr/share/zoneinfo/

In order to check the current timezone your Linode is using, depending on your operating system, and which method of setting the timezone was used, you can use the following commands:

cat /etc/timezone

ls -l /etc/localtime

printenv | grep TZ


There are also a few methods for setting the timezone, also depending on your operating system and preference:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure tzdata

echo America/New_York > /etc/timezone

ln -s /usr/share/zoneinfo/America/New_York /etc/localtime

export TZ=America/New_York


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