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Set Date in Linux

Posted on 2002-03-31
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Hello Linux Experts,

Perhaps I would like to ask how I can set date in linux ?
For eg, in Dos, we can use

C:>Date
   Current date is 0-03-2002
   Enter new date (mm-dd-yy) : _


So for linux how do we set it ?

Thank you
Derrick Koay
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paulqna earned 50 total points
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To enter a date for 25th of december at 23:15 do:

date 12252315

or do:

man date

to see all the other options available...

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by:ahoffmann
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keep in mind that  date  , unlike to DOS' date, just sets the OS' time, the BIOS clock (RTC) remains unchanged.
Also see  man date  and check for the  -u  option.

If you want to st the RTC, see   man hwclock
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by:svindler
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I strongly suggest you use ntp to set the time.
This automatically updates your clock, using publicly accessible time servers.
See www.ntp.org for more info.
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by:aman66
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use command as below
1)date -s hh:mm:ss
2)/sbin/clock -w


explain:
1)modify time
2)write to Hardware Clock(BIOS)


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by:ahoffmann
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aman66, would you please post your suggestions as comments, and not as answers.
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by:dekoay
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amanda66,

thanx for the answer, but what I need is to set both time and date. Paulqna answer is more accurate as I had solved the problem with its way.
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answer depends on the questioner's intent:
  - setting time/date in OS only --> date
     paulqna gave the answer
  - setting time/date in BIOS (independent of Linux): --> date -u   or  hwclock
     ahoffmann gave an answer
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