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SuSE 9.3 2007 DST

02/13/07

  10:27:11 pm, by The Dreamer   , 362 words  
Categories: Software, Computer

SuSE 9.3 2007 DST

Link: http://rpmfind.net/linux/rpm2html/search.php?query=timezone

In my continuing quest to deal with the impending DST disaster....I've been continuing my quest for a solution to get my SuSE 9.3 box to handle it, without resorting to major downtime/upgrades.

I suppose I could probably cope with no DST, or set it to UTC, etc.....the main thing is convenience of having cron jobs run at easily determined times revolving around the time that I live by. Or something like that.... U-(

Meanwhile, it is interesting the hits to my blog by other people who seem to be looking to solve this same problem.

Well, as things get really close...I've been thinking of upgrading to the latest OpenSUSE 10.2....though considering the breakage of important things the last few times I did OS upgrades, and not really having much in the way of back out or recovery. I've been hesitant.

But, since I had previously messed things up by installing a raw tzdata package....it occurred to me that it might be a reasonable risk to apply the timezone RPM from a new SuSE release and see if that makes it work.

So, I went to RPMFIND and grabbed the latest timezone RPM for SuSE 10.0 (decided I didn't want to leap too far forward incase of dependency issues or something).

It installed okay. And, zdump says it's right and date has the time close to other clocks on other computers (so it isn't like the weird off by minutes of the previous tzdata attempt).

Now off to see how other devices around home can be made to cope.....while also trying to figure out just what all I'll have to take care up when we have our midnight patch fest at the University.....

Looks like what I'm going to do is temporarily move a SunOS 4.1.4 and a Solaris 2.6 box into a different timezone...rather than see about patching these. Or maybe have them switch timezones on the appropriate dates....

Though maybe that's overkill...its not like they'll still be in production 4 years from now....maybe not even at fall back time. Of course, they might be forever like the mainframe that was going to be retiring soon .... 12 years ago.

1 comment

Comment from: Eddy [Visitor]
Eddy

Thanks for the tip about installing the SuSE 10.0 ‘timezone’ rpm. I just did the same for my 9.3 box (no time to upgrade right now) after reading your post and it seems to have worked.

Can’t believe SuSE dropped the ball and hasn’t released an “official” timezone package for 9.3 (since it still technically supported until 10.3 ships…)

02/22/07 @ 17:40
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