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Vagrant Tips: How to automatically adjust the Time Zone of your Vagrant Box
I was playing with my Linux Vagrant boxes lately and I realized I was always spinning third-party boxes that had a totally different time zone (Europe/UK mostly). Up until now I never bothered as I have used a bunch of those from Vagrant Cloud for years. I sometimes notice, and think of using a shell command to fix it during the bootstrap, but I haven’t had the time. However, I was heavily debugging some logs this week and the wrong Time Zone started to get annoying for me so I decided to look for a permanent fix.
I. Vagrant Time zone plugin to the rescue
There is no need to add a random shell script in the shell provisioning area of your Vagrantfile. Teemu Matilainen has you covered with his sweet ruby plugin called vagrant-timezone that does just that.
How does it work
Install the plugin:
C:\Users\brokedba> vagrant plugin install vagrant-timezone Installing the 'vagrant-timezone' plugin. This can take a few minutes... Fetching vagrant-timezone-1.3.0.gem Installed the plugin 'vagrant-timezone (1.3.0)'!
To configure the time zone for all Vagrant VMs, add the following to $HOME/.vagrant.d/Vagrantfile or to a project-specific Vagrantfile (see below example in windows).
C:\Users\brokedba\.vagrant.d>vagrant init --- Add the IF block below in the master or each build’s Vagrantfile Vagrant.configure("2") do |config| if Vagrant.has_plugin?("vagrant-timezone") config.timezone.value = "America/Toronto" end # ... other stuff end
You can of course choose your own Time Zone from this TZ database list
II. Usage and Prerequisites
– The configuration is done on
vagrant up and
vagrant reload actions.
Note that no services are restarted automatically so they may keep using the old-time zone information.
– This plugin requires Vagrant 1.2 or newer.
- Linux guests.
- Debian (and derivatives)
- RedHat (and derivatives)
- OS X
This will hopefully encourage you to more often use and enjoy vagrant boxes without being stuck with the original Time Zone!
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