How to figure out which, if any, update changed /etc/localtime from a link to a hard file?

NoOp glgxg at
Fri Apr 17 15:40:26 UTC 2009

On 04/16/2009 10:29 PM, David M. Karr wrote:
> Brian McKee wrote:
>> On Thu, Apr 16, 2009 at 5:24 PM, David M. Karr
>> <davidmichaelkarr at> wrote:
>>> So, I had recently discovered a bug with Java not using the correct date
>>> ranges for DST.  What I've determined is that Java requires
>>> /etc/localtime to be a symlink, not a hard file.  When I replaced the
>>> hard file with a link to the correct file, it fixed my problem.
>>> Now, what I'd like to find out is how and when /etc/localtime became a
>>> hard file.
>>> I have no idea whether the original Ubuntu 8.10 installation was in this
>>> state or not.  It could have happened when I installed one of the many
>>> updates that come through.
>>> is there any way to search through the list of updates that I've
>>> installed to see whether any of them would have done this?
>> Huh.  I thought java had it's own tzdata stuff and didn't use the
>> system.  Perhaps that's changed.
>> I'm guessing the packages you are referring to are tzdata and
>> tzdata-java,  but I would have thought breaking java's timezone would
>> be a big bug lots of people would have noticed by now.  Launchpad show
>> anything?
>> Brian
> Now that I know what to search for, I found the following, which has a 
> lot of history on the problem: 
> <>.

Which version of tzdata-java do you have installed?

The most recent updata for intrepid was:

Published in intrepid-proposed on 2009-04-16
tzdata (2009f-0ubuntu0.8.10) intrepid-proposed; urgency=low
  * New timezone data 2009f: (LP: #358232):
    - Fix DST rules for Jordan, Palestine, and Pakistan.
 -- Martin Pitt <email address hidden>   Thu, 16 Apr 2009 12:41:46 +0200
[you may want to enable proposed and try this]

For tzdata bugs, you should be looking here:

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