[arch-general] pacman.log has no timezone information in timestamp

Juha Kankare juhakankare at outlook.com
Sat Mar 2 01:43:10 UTC 2019

On 02/03/2019 02:23, ProgAndy wrote:

> Am 02.03.19 um 01:12 schrieb mpan:
>>> I just used the /var/log/pacman.log for the first time to give me the
>>> last date-time I did a system upgrade ('starting full system upgrade' in
>>> the log). There is no time-zone info in the time-stamp. It's also not
>>> UTC. Does anyone know if this is by design or a bug?
>> `pacman` uses local time of your system. Indeed it seems like an 
>> ommision.
>> You may consider opening a feature request, so pacman.conf would allow
>> either an option to include TZ in the logs (good idea) or setting custom
>> time format (worse idea, as this would bind `pacman` codebase to the
>> specific time formatting function).
> Meanwhile you can explicitly set the timezone to UTC when calling
> pacman, that way the log will be consistent:
> $ TZ=UTC sudo pacman ...
> --
> ProgAndy

For some reason, ' $ TZ=UTC sudo pacman' and '$ sudo TZ=UTC pacman' both 
work, but '$ alias pacman="TZ=UTC pacman"' and then '$ sudo pacman' 
doesn't, even though (from what I know) it should be practically equal 
to '$ sudo TZ=UTC pacman'. Not sure why, but it was worth a shot. Any 
other way to automate this TZ=UTC for pacman so you don't have to type 
it every time. Maybe a wrapper script aliased to "upacman" or something?

Regards, Juha Kankare

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