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Currently when I execute the date command from bash I get the following displayed

Thu May 17 12:21:00 IST 2012

Below is my timezone config based on executing dpkg-reconfigure tzdata

  Current default time zone: 'Europe/Dublin'
  Local time is now: Thu May 17 12:32:52 IST 2012.
  Universal Time is now: Thu May 17 11:32:52 UTC 2012.

Any idea how I change from IST to UTC/GMT?

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Any idea how I change from IST to GMT?

To switch to UTC, simply execute sudo dpkg-reconfigure tzdata, scroll to the bottom of the Continents list and select Etc; in the second list, select UTC. If you prefer GMT instead of UTC, it's just above UTC in that list. :)

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Thank you! Worked perfectly –  dmckenna May 18 '12 at 9:48
I have noticed the following odd behaviour –  dmckenna May 22 '12 at 14:59
Yes! I wish this was enabled by default. –  wberry Aug 22 '12 at 15:08
After I did what you wrote above, and changed the time zone, my server is still having the same wrong time, do I need to restart the system, or what? –  user98095 Oct 16 '12 at 17:50
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