LOCALTIME(5)                      localtime                     LOCALTIME(5)

NAME         top

       localtime - Local timezone configuration file

SYNOPSIS         top

       /etc/localtime -> ../usr/share/zoneinfo/...

DESCRIPTION         top

       The /etc/localtime file configures the system-wide timezone of the
       local system that is used by applications for presentation to the
       user. It should be an absolute or relative symbolic link pointing to
       /usr/share/zoneinfo/, followed by a timezone identifier such as
       "Europe/Berlin" or "Etc/UTC". The resulting link should lead to the
       corresponding binary tzfile(5) timezone data for the configured

       Because the timezone identifier is extracted from the symlink target
       name of /etc/localtime, this file may not be a normal file or

       The timezone may be overridden for individual programs by using the
       $TZ environment variable. See environ(7).

       You may use timedatectl(1) to change the settings of this file from
       the command line during runtime. Use systemd-firstboot(1) to
       initialize the time zone on mounted (but not booted) system images.

SEE ALSO         top

       systemd(1), tzset(3), localtime(3), timedatectl(1),
       systemd-timedated.service(8), systemd-firstboot(1)

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