Time and date are important parameters in computer’s world, if they are not accurately set, you will have problems. Some of problems are not too much importnnt, like the time on your emails, but others…. If time and date are not properly set in Linux, can lead you to a mess, like:

  • Your cron jobs, will not run when they are suppose to run
  • You may loose your appointments if you are using your computer calendar

We need to accurately set time and date in our Linux, here is how to do it, from the command line. <p class="codigo">date +%Y%m%d -s “20090502”</p>

To set the time in Linux, enter

date +%T -s "11:14:00"

There are simple ways to set the date and time, here is one.

date -s "2 MAY 2009 11:14:00"


date 05021118

The format is

date MMDDhhmm

As you see, there are lots of options to set the date on Linux, keep your linux on time.