Java application timezone cannot be set with podman --tz option

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A container is started with the podman run command:

podman run -ti --rm   --tz=Europe/Berlin zonedhello

It sets up the TZ(Europe/Berlin) as /usr/share/zoneinfo/UTC.

Since /etc/localtime is a symlink of /usr/share/zoneinfo/UTC, this works with command line utilities like date.

However, a Java application does not read /etc/localtime but checks the Zonefile and considers the TZ as UTC.


  • Openshift Container Platform (OCP)
  • podman

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