How do I make my FTP timestamps display the correct time zone?

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  • Applies to: All DV
    • Difficulty: Medium
    • Time Needed: 10
    • Tools Required: SSH, root, vi knowledge


This article will show you how to modify the FTP timestamp settings to reflect your server's local time zone. This is useful in situations where the FTP log files show a different default time zone (such as GMT).


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  1. Connect to your server via SSH.
  2. Open up /etc/proftpd.conf with vi to edit.
    vi /etc/proftpd.conf
  3. Navigate to this section of the proftpd.conf file:
    DefaultRoot     ~  psacln
    AllowOverwrite     on
  4. Next, add TimesGMT off to the last line before </Global>.
    DefaultRoot     ~  psacln
    AllowOverwrite     on
    TimesGMT           off
  5. Finally, restart xinetd.
    /etc/init.d/xinetd restart