How to add timezone info to root filesystem using yocto

Recently while debugging some issues we found that we were missing timezone related files into yocto root filesystem, the debugging with strace shown the following error,

open("/usr/share/zoneinfo/UTC", O_RDONLY|O_CLOEXEC) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)

The poky has a recipe for compiling the relevant files at poky/meta/recipes-extended/tzdata/ hence you can use below command to compile it,

bitbake tzdata

Once you have it compiled, you can add this files to the root filesystem by adding into IMAGE_INSTALL as,

READ  Bitbake packages compilation process

IMAGE_INSTALL += “tzdata”

Now, after you boot this newly created root filesystem, we will get following messages at same place where it was failed previously in strace,

open("/etc/localtime", O_RDONLY|O_CLOEXEC) = 16
fstat64(16, {st_mode=S_IFREG|0644, st_size=127, ...}) = 0
fstat64(16, {st_mode=S_IFREG|0644, st_size=127, ...}) = 0
read(16, "TZif2\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\0\1\0\0\0\1\0\0\0\0"..., 4096) = 127
_llseek(16, -6, [121], SEEK_CUR) = 0
read(16, "\nUTC0\n", 4096) = 6
close(16) = 0

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