[arch-dev-public] [initscripts][RFC] deprecating TIMEZONE from rc.conf

Aaron Griffin aaronmgriffin at gmail.com
Mon May 16 15:35:30 EDT 2011

On Mon, May 16, 2011 at 2:21 PM, Ionut Biru <ibiru at archlinux.org> wrote:
> On 05/16/2011 09:28 PM, Tom Gundersen wrote:
>> 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

If the logic is going to be kept, would it make sense to break it out
into an rc.d script which can then be called by people who switch

# /etc/rc.d/timezone America/Chicago

This would also cover the "ro /etc" thing too, as ro users could
simply remove the daemon...

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