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Currently on a system with ubuntu and awesome as the window manager.

For some reason changing the timezone in gnome control center does not do a thing. Running date returns the right timezone (as this was modified by appending TZ='America/Los_Angeles'; export TZ in .bashrc), but as the clock widget runs by gnome control center's watch, my clock is always set on the wrong (previous) time zone.

I have NTP installed and the time is correct, it's simply that the timezones are not being changed properly.

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check and if needed edit /etc/default/rcS and change the line UTC=yes to UTC=no

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what does this do? I changed UTC=yes to UTC=no and changing the timezone still does not actually modify the time. –  Soyuz Jan 6 '13 at 17:04
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