Java and timezone issues!

Knute Johnson knute2009 at
Sat Apr 18 17:59:23 UTC 2009

Somebody posted on the other day about problems with 
Ubuntu and Java timezones not reflecting daylight savings times 
accurately.  I don't want to rehash that discussion but the question was 
asked here the other day, what update messes with the /etc/localtime 
file.  It is tzdata that came in today's updates.  It rewrites the link 
at /etc/localtime that points to /usr/share/zoneinfo/??? to be a file. 
This stops Java from figuring out the timezone correctly.


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