Nothing worse than struggling with incorrect times and dates. Your whole application stack from logs to websites will rely on your systems time and date, it is therefor not only important to set it but also to keep it automatically syncronised. In the following I will walk you through, how you set your timezone, how you find your nearest NTP (Network Time Protocol) server and make it syncronise.
Find and set your timezone
First you need to find your timezone. The timezones are defined as
Region/City you can either list all available options, but there will be a long list
or better to add some keyword to filter the output. You can either swap keyword with a close metropol or your region.
timedatectl list-timezones | grep -i keyword
Once you have found your desired location make your system use that
sudo timedatectl set-timezone 'Asia/Bangkok'
To syncronise your date and time, you need to install the NTP client
sudo apt-get install ntp
Then find a nearby NTP pool server at The NTP Pool Project. Once you have found it open the configurations file and replace the 4 lines with servers (Server 0 to 3).
sudo nano /etc/ntp.conf
If you are located in Asia you could replace with this
server 0.asia.pool.ntp.org server 1.asia.pool.ntp.org server 2.asia.pool.ntp.org server 3.asia.pool.ntp.org
Restart the NTP service and check that all configurations went correct
sudo /etc/init.d/ntp restart sudo timedatectl set-ntp on sudo systemctl enable ntp timedatectl
You should get an output that looks similar to this
Local time: Fri 2016-06-17 12:37:47 ICT Universal time: Fri 2016-06-17 05:37:47 UTC RTC time: Tue 2016-06-07 22:50:28 Time zone: Asia/Bangkok (ICT, +0700) NTP enabled: yes NTP synchronized: yes RTC in local TZ: no DST active: n/a
What important here is that your
Local time and
Time zone are correct and
NTP enabled and
NTP synchronized are
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