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Fixing Date, Time and Zone on RHEL 6 command line

Had to fix all time related issues on a remote RHEL 6 server which runs without any windowing system. Plain ol' command line. Documenting steps here for future reference:

Check to see if your date and timezone settings are accurate:
# date
# cat /etc/sysconfig/clock

The server I accessed had wrong settings for both the commands. Here are the steps I used to correct:

Find out your timezone from the folder /usr/share/zoneinfo
# ls /usr/share/zoneinfo

Mine was pointing to America/EDT instead of Asia/Calcutta

Update and save the /etc/sysconfig/clock file to
# sudo vi /etc/sysconfig/clock
ZONE="Asia/Calcutta"
UTC=true
ARC=false

Remove the /etc/localtime
# sudo rm /etc/localtime

Create a new soft link to your time zone
# cd /etc
# sudo ln -s /usr/share/zoneinfo/Asia/Calcutta /etc/localtime
# ls -al localtime
Now it should show the link to your time zone

Set your hardware clock to UTC
# sudo hwclock --systohc --utc
# hwclock --show

Update your time from a NTP server (Red Hat NTP server use…

CouchDB on RHEL6 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux)

Had to install a Couch DB instance on a fresh Red Hat Enterprise 6 Linux Box and it required some time before I got the whole thing up. Better have it documented here for future reference:


1. Get the Prerequisites
First you will have to add the RPM Forge YUM Repository if not already available. Add the new repo:

sudo vi /etc/yum.repos.d/rpmforge.repo


# Name: RPMforge RPM Repository for Red Hat Enterprise 6 - dag
# URL: http://rpmforge.net/
# (Put "x86_64" instead of "i386" if appropriate.)
[rpmforge]
name = Red Hat Enterprise $releasever - RPMforge.net - dag
baseurl = ftp://ftp.pbone.net/mirror/atrpms.net/el6-i386/atrpms/stable
enabled = 1
protect = 0
gpgcheck = 0

Save the file and get the prerequisites:

sudo yum clean all
sudo yum groupinstall 'Development Tools' 'Development Libraries' 'GNOME Software Development'
sudo yum install \
  cvs zip gcc-c++ glib2-devel gtk2-devel fontconfig-devel libnotify-devel \
  libIDL-devel alsa-lib-devel libXt-devel freetype…