Monday, June 17, 2013

How to Setup Time & Date (GUI) on Archlinux

By default if you want to change system time & date, you can use timedatectl command. You can follow from archwiki to set the time.

Here's the link

To see current hardware clock.
$timedatectl status

To set the time:
#timedatectl set-time “YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS”

But how about GUI Time Settings/configuration, I found some good apps to set time with GUI Mode, you can use gnome-control-center. And will be usefull for desktop like lxde, xfce, and another wm/de that not have time/date GUI settings. But it needs some MB to downloads... if you like to set time/date on CLI/Manually you can skip this. :p

Make sure your system is update to latest

$sudo pacman -S gnome-control-center

Run gnome control center datetime
$gnome-control-center datetime

Choose unlock and enter your root password. Now you can setup time & date directly on Archlinux with GUI mode.

Then create apps menu:
$sudo nano /usr/share/applications/timesettings.desktop
add this:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Time Settings
Exec=gnome-control-center datetime

Then save it. Now the shortcut will be available on system menu. For this example on XFCE Desktop below.

For WM like fluxbox, icewm, you can update the list using mmaker.
Ok that's it.

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