should be possible to display other timezone without changing system timezone

Reported by L. David Baron on 2012-01-26
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This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ayatana Design
Undecided
Unassigned
Indicator Date and Time
Wishlist
Matthew Paul Thomas
indicator-datetime (Ubuntu)
Wishlist
Unassigned

Bug Description

I just upgraded and switched to Unity, and I'm trying to set things up like I had them before.

I've always kept my system clocks in UTC, and set the TZ environment variable for local time in ~/.bashrc (affecting everything in my user account). This provides sanity both for logs and for mounting DOS filesystems from, e.g., a camera (whose clock I also keep in UTC, and thus don't have to change when traveling or for summer time).

I'd like to be able to display a clock in the menu bar that shows my user time zone *without* having it change the system clock. Ideally it would do this by learning the timezone the way pretty much every other app does, and like the GNOME 2 clock applet does. I'd be ok if it could do it some other way.

(I'd think this would also be useful for things like VNC sessions.)

Steps to reproduce:
 1. make /etc/timezone contain the string "UTC"
 2. put "export TZ=America/Los_Angeles" in ~/.bashrc
 3. log in
 4. click gear icon in upper right corner -> system settings -> time & date -> clock -> check "show a clock in the menu bar"
 5. set (above) -> time & date -> time & date -> Location to America/Los_Angeles instead of UTC

Actual results:
 4. clock shows UTC rather than PST
 5. /etc/timezone file gets changed

Expected results:
  At least have some option that lets me show PST without causing /etc/timezone to change

Olli Ries (ories) on 2012-03-27
Changed in indicator-datetime:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Changed in indicator-datetime (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in indicator-datetime:
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in indicator-datetime:
assignee: nobody → Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt)
Charles Kerr (charlesk) wrote :

Marking incomplete for indicator-datetime pending feedback from Design

Changed in indicator-datetime:
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
Changed in indicator-datetime (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
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