How to set time in linux

While logged in as root do the following:

  1. Type "date".
  2. You should see some variation of"

    "Wed Nov 24, 9:29:17 EST 1999"

  3. To change the time type(as an example):

    date -s 10:10

  4. The system response will be:

    "Wed Nov 24, 10:10:02 EST 1999"

  5. Then if you want to set the hardware(BIOS) clock so the system will keep the time when it reboots type:

    clock -w




The program setclock will set your hardware clock based on your system configuration parameters including whether or not your clock is set to universal time.

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