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I am using Ubuntu 10.04 and use puppet to change the timezone from UTC to PST when the server comes up. Puppet's timezone recipe which I am using is this: Puppet Time Recipe

Things were working fine with Ubuntu 10.04, now we are moving to Ubuntu 12.04 and this Puppet recipe doesn't work. Reason I figured out is in 10.04 /etc/localtime is a file with contents PST8PDT whereas in 12.04 it is a symlink(because of puppet recipe) and it is linked to SystemV/ but the path of SystemV directory is not correct. When I do a ls -l in /etc

lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 18 Oct 18 18:38 localtime -> ../SystemV/PST8PDT

But there is no SystemV folder one level up of /etc. I changed the puppet recipe to this:

class timezone::pacific inherits timezone {
file { "/etc/localtime":
    require => Package["tzdata"],
 #   source => "file:///usr/share/zoneinfo/US/Pacific",
    source => "file:///usr/share/zoneinfo/SystemV/PST8PDT",

and it worked and localtime was no longer a link. Can anyone please help me understand why the puppet recipe which I inherited and was working fine on 10.04 didnt work on 12.04 and why changing the recipe to the new SystemV destination fixed it .

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It is a bit odd. On my 12.04 VM both /usr/share/zoneinfo/SystemV/PST8PDT and /usr/share/zoneinfo/US/Pacific are a symlink to /usr/share/zoneinfo/America/Los_Angeles. Either path you used should have resulted in a /etc/localtime which was a link to ../America/Los_Angeles.

Have you considered doing a links => follow? That way puppet would resolve the symlink and copy the contents instead of copying the symlink.

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Hmmm....interesting....On my Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS VM, /etc/localtime is a file and not a symlink. I installed this VM from scratch using the Ubuntu "official" DVD. The same for the SystemV PST8PDT file. – mdpc Oct 18 '12 at 19:09
@mdpc, right but he is trying to update the localtime with puppet, which I believe will copy a symlink and not follow it. Since he is pointing at a symlink he is getting a copy of that relative symlink in a place that is broken. – Zoredache Oct 18 '12 at 19:10
One more piece of information which might be helpful, I am doing this on Amazon cloud instance and the ami I am using is ami-057bcf6c – APZ Oct 18 '12 at 19:19
I also noticed that in 12.04 /usr/share/zoneinfo/US/Pacific is a link to SystemV/PST8PDT but in 10.04 /usr/share/zoneinfo/US/Pacific doent link to any file. – APZ Oct 18 '12 at 19:23
@Zoredache I tried links=>follow in the puppet recipe with source => "file:///usr/share/zoneinfo/US/Pacific", I noticed that localtime file was not a symlink but had UTC0 as the content. – APZ Oct 18 '12 at 19:35

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