[RHBA-2003:211-01] Updated redhat-config-date package available

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                   Red Hat Bug Fix Advisory

Synopsis:          Updated redhat-config-date package available
Advisory ID:       RHBA-2003:211-01
Issue date:        2003-06-26
Updated on:        2003-06-26
Product:           Red Hat Linux
Cross references:  
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1. Topic:

An updated redhat-config-date package fixing a symlink-related bug is now

2. Relevant releases/architectures:

Red Hat Linux 8.0 - noarch
Red Hat Linux 9 - noarch

3. Problem description:

The redhat-config-date program is a graphically-oriented tool for setting
the system time, timezone, and date.

When changing the timezone, redhat-config-date makes a symlink from
/etc/localtime to the appropriate timezone file in /usr/share/zoneinfo. 

If the system configuration includes a separate /usr partition, this can
cause a problem.  The hwclock program (which is used to interact with the
system's hardware clock) is run at boot-time and requires access to the
selected timezone file.  However, because hwclock runs before all file
systems are mounted, the symlink to the timezone file in
/usr/share/zoneinfo is invalid, and hwclock fails.

This erratum fixes the problem by copying the timezone file into
/etc/localtime instead of making a symbolic link.

4. Solution:

Before applying this update, make sure all previously released errata
relevant to your system have been applied.

To update all RPMs for your particular architecture, run:

rpm -Fvh [filenames]

where [filenames] is a list of the RPMs you wish to upgrade.  Only those
RPMs which are currently installed will be updated.  Those RPMs which are
not installed but included in the list will not be updated.  Note that you
can also use wildcards (*.rpm) if your current directory *only* contains the
desired RPMs.

Please note that this update is also available via Red Hat Network.  Many
people find this an easier way to apply updates.  To use Red Hat Network,
launch the Red Hat Update Agent with the following command:


This will start an interactive process that will result in the appropriate
RPMs being upgraded on your system.

5. Bug IDs fixed (http://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla for more info):

91228 - Making a symlink for /etc/localtime will make rc.sysinit's hwclock call use UTC for a separate /usr partition

6. RPMs required:

Red Hat Linux 8.0:



Red Hat Linux 9:



7. Verification:

MD5 sum                          Package Name
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9b06ef68b20e0c79724157be12cfa166 8.0/en/os/SRPMS/redhat-config-date-1.5.15-1.src.rpm
77f71db37726b01389a1168e20bdc060 8.0/en/os/noarch/redhat-config-date-1.5.15-1.noarch.rpm
9b06ef68b20e0c79724157be12cfa166 9/en/os/SRPMS/redhat-config-date-1.5.15-1.src.rpm
77f71db37726b01389a1168e20bdc060 9/en/os/noarch/redhat-config-date-1.5.15-1.noarch.rpm

These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat for security.  Our key is
available from http://www.redhat.com/security/keys.html

You can verify each package with the following command:
    rpm --checksig -v <filename>

If you only wish to verify that each package has not been corrupted or
tampered with, examine only the md5sum with the following command:
    md5sum <filename>

8. Contact:

The Red Hat security contact is <secalert@redhat.com>.  More contact
details at http://www.redhat.com/solutions/security/news/contact.html

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