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Old 07-10-2006, 12:39 AM   #1
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Changing the language on an already-live box


I administer a Linux box overseas and the default installation is not in English. That makes it rather difficult for me to figure out what a variety of error messages mean. I would like to switch this to English, but I don't know how. Is there an easy way to do this? I believe the guy's got Debian... but I can't understand what anything says

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Old 07-10-2006, 03:07 AM   #2
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Have a look around in /etc

Most distros will have a *version* or *release* file floating around
in that area ... that should help with assessing the possibilities.


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Old 07-10-2006, 08:27 AM   #3
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Okay, /etc/debian_version brings up 3.1. So I guess my initial assessment was correct. How can I proceed?

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Old 07-10-2006, 08:32 AM   #4
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Aha, okay, so I found out that I should

# dpkg-reconfigure console-data
# dpkg-reconfigure locales

which I did, but I still see output in the other language.

Do I need to reboot now for the changes to go into effect? Otherwise, I'm still in the dark.

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Old 07-11-2006, 08:20 AM   #5
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Any ideas? The CLI is still pretty much foreign to me.
 
Old 07-11-2006, 05:47 PM   #6
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How could nobody know the answer?
 
Old 07-11-2006, 06:17 PM   #7
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You may not have to reboot the machine entirely, but you may have to restart any processes (any open shells, any running daemons: sshd, agetty, (ba)sh, etc.).
 
Old 07-11-2006, 07:29 PM   #8
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I think I may have to reboot... restarted the shell, and no love. Thanks for responding, osor.
 
  


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