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PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:20 am    Post subject: Email has incorrect times [Solved] Reply with quote

Can someone please help to figure out the time for my emails coming into my email account? I use Thunderbird mail client.

Machine_West% cat /etc/timezone
Machine_West% date
Sat Dec  9 16:32:04 UTC 2017

I don't really know what these GMT and UTC have to do with other than setting the clock obviously. But then the emails in my inbox all show up with weird time stamps. Help!

EDIT - I was able to find the answer by typing a google search for how to set the clock in gentoo, which was helpful, since the link I found went into a helpful explanation of the rc-service settings for hwclock and making the change to "local" from "UTC", which after doing that and then setting the rest of the timezone stuff I was able to see in two places on my system (first the date locally in the panel, or whatever) but also in Thunderbird as expected the times were then correct. The problem may have actually been due to a wrong file in the /usr/share/zoneinfo folder, which I corrected by borrowing it from another local installation of Gentoo and replacing the file. Helped! As did just looking around online for some helpful information about this subject really helped.
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