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I just installed a Ubuntu 11.10 box and I'm trying to figure out how to set the timezone to UTC. I have it set to London at the moment, but UTC doesn't appear to be an option.


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click on time indicator at top right conrner, you will get option of Time and date settings :) –  Web-E Mar 30 '12 at 15:25
I know how to change my timezone, but there doesn't appear to be a UTC setting. –  Thom Mar 30 '12 at 16:21
What exactly are you trying to do? Change the timezone in a server or a desktop version? If the desktop, are you trying to add UTC to the indicator-datetime or you want to configure the network time? Your question is a little ambiguous and would require some additional info about what you have already tried and where you tried adding UTC so we can better guide you. –  jokerdino Mar 30 '12 at 22:45
I think UTC appears there as GMT. –  viyyer Mar 31 '12 at 6:07

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This is an ugly hack, but it appears that Iceland uses year-round UTC. So setting the time zone to Atlantic/Reykjavik should work (at least until Iceland decides to change its default time zone).

(London doesn't use year-round UTC, so that's not going to work correctly.)

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sudo dpkg-reconfigure tzdata

then go to Etc, there to UTC, enter, you're done. It actually changes files /etc/timezone and /etc/localtime.

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To change the time zone for your user only on the command line; edit your ~/.bashrc file and add this to it:

export TZ=UTC
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Isn't that just my personal timezone? I'm trying to set the one for the server. –  Thom Mar 30 '12 at 16:20
up vote 9 down vote accepted

Unable to find UTC or GMT in the menu, I ended up running tzselect from the command prompt. I selected 11, enter posix standard time, then entered UTC-0. This appears to have done it.

thanks for all of the help.

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Thanks, "UTC" only was too simple, struggled a bit with this. –  philant Nov 6 '13 at 15:53

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