Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 9024
time configuration is inconsistent
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:54 EDT
There are currently three user-level tools in Red Hat Linux 6.1 that
configure aspects of the system time: linuxconf, timeconfig, and timetool.
1. Linuxconf can change whether the system uses GMT in the hardware clock
and can change the time/date. (As of 1.16r10.) It apparently cannot
change the time zone. (There's a drop-down for selecting a time zone, but
selecting a new time zone from this drop-down doesn't appear to have any
effect. The drop-down also doesn't show the time zone selected during
installation or via timeconfig.)
2. timeconfig _can_ change the time zone, and times used by linuxconf will
obey it. timeconfig can also change the GMT-in-hardware setting linuxconf
offers access to.
3. timetool, which is still included though it's supposed to be obsoleted
by Linuxconf, cannot deal with GMT-in-hardware. It will query the _system_
time, but store changes in both the system clock _and_ the hardware clock.
Thus timetool breaks GMT-in-hardware.
The simplest fix is to update Linuxconf to be able to do everything, and
then kill off timetool. Yet, timetool still has one advantage: it's a
nicer-looking tool than Linuxconf, and it's easier to see. We have an
application where the only screen on a system might be a TV (via a
VGA-to-NTSC converter), where resolution is really bad -- timetool works in
this environment, linuxconf doesn't.
Ideally, timetool should obey GMT-in-hardware. If that's not where Red Hat
wants to go, it should drop the tool, at least from the GNOME menus.
Please check if the latest linuxconf-1.17r2-2 from Raw Hide fixes the problem
with Linuxconf. The bug in timetool should be fixed in 2.7.3, which will be
in the next Raw Hide.