log file time and date different from linux system time and date???

Say, date returns 6 hours ahead of the date and time in the log files? Why and how can I correct it to log as system date?
shaunwinginAsked:
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TintinCommented:
Which particular log files are you referring to?   The ones controlled by syslog?

Also, which Linux distro are you using and what timezone is it set to?
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shaunwinginAuthor Commented:
I actually solved it with this:
[root@messaging etc]# rm /etc/localtime
rm: remove regular file `/etc/localtime'? y
[root@messaging etc]# ln -s  /usr/share/zoneinfo/Africa/Johannesburg /etc/localtime
[root@messaging etc]# date
Sun Mar 18 23:22:03 SAST 2012
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Darr247Commented:
Didn't work for me - that solution makes my clock 6 hours fast for some reason... the same symptom that's supposed to fix!
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1ly4meCommented:
try to install ntpd (network time protocol)
#yum install ntpd
and copy any ntp server from pool list, this should be in the file /etc/ntp.conf and check the time with ntpdate command
#ntpdate 0.centos.pool.ntp.org
this should return the correct time. If the times is matching,
start the ntp service,
#service ntpd start
#chkconfig --add ntpd
#chkconfig ntpd on
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Pierre FrançoisSenior consultantCommented:
The date command returns the local time. The timestamp in the log files in in UTM time. It is completely logic that these value differ, except if you are in the GMT timezone.

The SAST (South African Standard Time) is GMT+2.

If you have ntpd running and you adjust the time in an incorrect way, the information contained in the file /var/lib/ntp/ntp.drift will become inconsistent. If the value contained in that file differs a lot from 1.000, your clock will become unstable and introduce crazy jumps in the elapsed time. Check this on your system.
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shaunwinginAuthor Commented:
/var/lib/ntp/ntp.drift is blank
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