Sunday, March 25, 2012

Mirco Cloud Foundry - Set the Local Timezone

Would you like your Mirco Cloud Foundry to use a local timezone instead of UTC? Hopefully this propagates to the default timestamp display of whatever programming language you are using.  I wanted this for a Java application I've been playing around with.  Here are the simple steps I used.

1) Log in to Micro Cloud Foundry using the IP Address displayed on the console as root using the password you supplied when setting up MCF.
ssh [email protected]
2) Run the dpkg-reconfigure command to select your timezone
[email protected]:~# dpkg-reconfigure tzdata
You should get an ASCII-GUI that let's you select the timezone.

When finished you should see output like this:
Current default time zone: 'America/Los_Angeles'
Local time is now:      Sun Mar 25 13:01:18 PDT 2012.
Universal Time is now:  Sun Mar 25 20:01:18 UTC 2012. 
[email protected]:~# date
Sun Mar 25 13:01:30 PDT 2012
3) Restart your applications.

Once I restarted the Java application, this time it picked up the local timezone as the default
output for a
instead of the UTC timezone.


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