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For some strange reason, additional timezones cannot be added to the clock using the date-time indicator in Gnome Classic (Ubuntu 12.04). I used Unity before I switched to Gnome Classic, and it was possible to add more timezones. Even in Gnome Classic I can see the other timezones in the menu of the date-time indicator which I added when I was still using Unity. When I go to System Settings > Date and Time, there is no option for adding other timezones. How can I set additional timezones in Gnome Classic?

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The unity-indicator as you may have gathered does not have the same capabilities as Unity. The developers have patched the gnome-libraries to give this integration. However - by design - they have left the Gnome-Shell & Gnome-Classic desktops as vanilla as possible. This is by expression wish by the gnome-developers.

Thus you will need a slightly more inventive solution - this answer will give you one such suggestion.

use the clock applet

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Temporarily add the clock applet to the panel.

Find your location by clicking edit in the applet

Next look carefully at the locations:

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The value you are interested in is timezone city

In this example:

America/Port_of_Spain Piarco
Europe/Rome Verona

Next fire up dconf-editor

dconf-tools Install dconf-tools

Look at the locations field as shown and add your new location(s) - each entry is in the format ,'timezone city' i.e. separate entries with commas

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You then will automatically update your date-time indicator. You can finish off by deleting the clock applet.

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Thanks a lot. As medigeek says in the other answer, the list of timezone strings is at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tz_database_time_zones so you may not need the clock applet. Also, just an obvious note for anyone else doing this: after editing the Locations list, do tick "Show locations" as well! –  ShreevatsaR Jan 21 '13 at 7:06

If the "Choose locations" is missing from the Date and Time control but it does work, you should file a bug about it:

ubuntu-bug gnome-session-fallback

You can actually edit it manually through dconf-editor:

sudo apt-get install dconf-tools

Select com > canonical > indicator > datetime

Look at the locations value.

['UTC UTC', 'Asia/Nicosia Nicosia']

Purely guessing, I think the first (e.g. Asia/Nicosia) is the time zone name and the second (e.g. Nicosia) is the name that appears in the indicator menu (tray icon).

You can find the list of time zones here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tz_database_time_zones

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