Debian and New Zealand Daylight Savings SOLUTION

Ok, I read the headlines – “Debian refuses to push out new NZ daylight savings info” or something like that. Everyone getting angry and annoyed. Sure enough, my Debian boxes (running etch) were an hour behind. The only info I could find was manually compiling new timezone info (which didn’t really work).

ANYWAY – finally I found the quick and easy solution that I wish the alarmists had just said clearly in the first place:

Put this line in your /etc/apt/sources.list file:

deb etch/volatile main contrib non-free

or for sarge:

deb sarge/volatile main contrib non-free

then run the usual apt-get update ; apt-get upgrade and you’re done!

Yay! Hopefully that might save someone a little time, hohoho no pun intended.

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