Subject: Re: install/26635: Incorrectly Setting timezone when installing NetBSD 1.6.2 Release i386
To: David Laight <>
From: Frederick Bruckman <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 08/29/2004 12:11:22
In article <>, (David Laight) writes:
>> Since I install other OS's such as linux & solaris on my laptop,
>> it's not convenient for me to change my bios timezone from GMT+8
>> to GMT. When I installed Debian Linux, it asked me first to select the
>> current timezone in BIOS and then asked me to select timezone for OS.
>> Only NetBSD has the problem.
> NetBSD requires a kernel be built with the offset of the bios clock
> configured in.
> Of course windows (win 98 definitely, dunno about about anything later) 
> will reset the bios clock when it detects summertime has changed.
> Nothing, but nothing can fix this for a multi-OS system.
>> Therefore the installer should be upgraded.
> Not much point - it can't save theanswer any where.

Not for 1.6.*, but NetBSD 2.0 has writable sysctl kern.rtc_offset,
*and* a place for the installer to put that, in "/etc/sysctl.conf".