Java and timezone issues!
derek at pointerstop.ca
Mon Apr 20 17:56:19 UTC 2009
David M. Karr wrote:
> Derek Broughton wrote:
>> David M. Karr wrote:
>>> The two packages that got installed this morning were "tzdata" and
>>> "tzdata-java", one of which (or the installation process itself) changed
>>> /etc/localtime from a link to a hard file. What's odd is that the
>>> "installed files list" for either package does not list
>> It's not odd - I explained it in my first post to this thread, and I
>> thought you'd read it, since you responded.
> I don't know what specific post you're referring to.
Sorry, my mistake - I hadn't realized we were on a new, identical, thread.
>>> However, I suppose if something tried to replace the
>>> file that "/etc/localtime" was symlinked to, the process of doing that
>>> might leave "/etc/localtime" as a plain copy of the original
>>> symlinked-to file.
> I don't know how it's doing it, I just know from a very simple
> experiment that it is. Just before I installed the tzdata update a
> couple of days ago, I looked at the file. It was a symlink. I
> installed the tzdata update. It was now a plain file.
I told you - tzdata AUTOMATICALLY does it:
$ grep -A1 "rm -f /etc/local" /var/lib/dpkg/info/tzdata.postinst
rm -f /etc/localtime && \
cp -f /usr/share/zoneinfo/$AREA/$ZONE /etc/localtime
(see how it removes localtime first, because of the hazard of updating it if
somebody has made it a symlink). I'll leave it as an exercise for the user
to see how you can prevent that happening...
>>> The "tzdata" package had
>>> "/usr/share/zoneinfo/US/Pacific" in its installed files list, which is
>>> the file /etc/localtime is supposed to be symlinked to.
>> It's _not_ supposed to be symlinked.
> I'm sure you're right. The symlink is a workaround for the broken
> timezone detection process in Java. It's apparently been used so much
> some people assumed it was supposed to be that way.
No, it _used_ to be that way. For reasons obscure to me, Linux has not been
using the symlink for a long time.
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