Am 16.05.2011 20:28, schrieb Tom Gundersen:
From: Tom Gundersen email@example.com Date: Mon, 16 May 2011 13:17:48 +0200 Subject: [PATCH] timezone: deprecate the TIMEZONE variable
Setting the TIMEZONE in rc.conf is a bad idea for several reasons:
- it requires a reboot before taking effect, for people changing timezone's frequently (this is common if you travel a lot, especially annoying if you have several stop overs in different timezones and want your laptop's clock to be correct)
- it is non-standard, so advice/guides that apply to other distro's will not apply to arch
- it is non-standard, so gui tools like the ones found in KDE/GNOME will not be aware of the setting in rc.conf, and whatever change they do will be overwritten on next boot.
- it is one of the few remaining blockers for ro /etc support in initscripts
There are two ways of setting the time zone: 1) /etc/localtime (global setting) 2) TZ environment variable (per session)
Any application or desktop can decide to override a global setting with the TZ variable! The TIMEZONE in rc.conf provides a way to make sure /etc/localtime is set and up to date (as it is updated during boot). I see no problem with this setting (although I would prefer a symlink instead of a copy - this caused problems in the far past, if I remember correctly).