Re(2): ASClock shows wrong time

Ron Thompson
Wed, 07 Oct 1998 20:23:40 -0400,Internet writes:
>The reason is that at the point when asclock is invoked, your TZ
>environment variable is set to GMT, which causes any system calls like the
>ones asclock uses to get the time to return GMT time instead of a more
>natural timezone like PST.  I had the same problem before, and I used a
>script to fix it.  Try running the following script instead of running
>asclock explicitly in your wharf config.
>setenv TZ PST8PDT
>asclock &

That sounds really cool... and I'll try it when I get home, but I'm just
curious, what is TZ, and why doesn't it affect the times system-wide?
Thanks for the help!