Changing date/time in Ubuntu virtualbox

I was a bit puzzled by the fact I could not easily change the date/time in an instance of a virtualbox as used by the High Performance Scientific Computing Coursera course run by Dr. Randall J. LeVeque via Coursera.


I tried using the simple date command but I kept on being told that


date: cannot set date: Operation not permitted


I tried updating the Ubuntu distro, but no luck. Eventually I found a solution using a symlink to localtime:


cd /etc


mv localtime localtime_original


ln -s /usr/share/zoneinfo/Europe/London ./localtime


You will have to use the correct zone for your location. Et voilà!



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