SUMMARY: Changing the sytem time zone

From: Tim Tsao (
Date: Tue Feb 04 1997 - 16:01:39 CST

My original question was:

Hello, Gurus:

A question about setting the system time in Solaris 2.5.

If we want to change the time zone, for example, from Central
to GMT, we can edit the /etc/default/init file and make change
accordingly. However, the new time zone wouldn't take effect
until I reboot the system.

I'm wondering is there anyway that after modifying this file
I can get the new time zone without rebooting the system?
(Please note: not through the clock window, which only "display"
the time, not actually changing the system time zone.)

Thanks in advance.



The answer to the question is: Nope!

The value from /etc/default/init is read into the environment by the init
process and inherited by all other processes from there.

And that's exactly why you need to reboot.

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