setting time to GMT is not working, getting BST only :(

Rajeev Prasad rp.neuli at
Sun Aug 14 04:05:06 UTC 2011

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I want my ubuntu server to run GMT time, it is running inside a VM which is running on a windowx XP box  - windows xp bnox is set to CST.
currently it is showing BST, which is 1 hr ahead of GMT. I want it to show UTC time, not sure how to config it.
$ date
Fri Aug 12 19:26:19BST 2011

$ grep -i TZ /etc/init.d/rcS
$ cat /etc/default/rcS
# /etc/default/rcS
# Default settings for the scripts in /etc/rcS.d/
# For information about these variables see the rcS(5) manual page.
# This file belongs to the "initscripts" package.

(i do not see UTC listed as timezone...) 
$ cat /etc/timezone

$ dpkg-query --list ntp\*
| Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name                                  Version                               Description
ii  ntp                                   1:4.2.4p8+dfsg-1ubuntu6.1             Network Time Protocol daemon and utility programs
un  ntp-doc                               <none>                                (no description available)
ii  ntpdate                               1:4.2.4p8+dfsg-1ubuntu6.1             client for setting system time from NTP servers

$ grep -v "^#" /etc/ntp.conf
driftfile /var/lib/ntp/ntp.drift
statistics loopstats peerstats clockstats
filegen loopstats file loopstats type day enable
filegen peerstats file peerstats type day enable
filegen clockstats file clockstats type day enable
restrict -4 default kod notrap nomodify nopeer noquery
restrict -6 default kod notrap nomodify nopeer noquery
restrict ::1

$ sudo /etc/init.d/ntp status 
* NTP server is running

$ ntpq --numeric --peers 
remote           refid      st t when poll reach   delay   offset  jitter
==============================================================================   .INIT.          16 u    - 1024    0    0.000    0.000   0.000   .INIT.          16 u    - 1024    0    0.000    0.000   0.000
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