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Old 07-09-2004, 04:32 AM   #1
alex.e.c
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Question Gtk-WARNING **: Locale not supported by C library


Each time I try and run an application on my Debian install after a dist upgrade it complains about the language being all wrong. Has anyone else bumped into this problem? It currently means that I cannot run certain programs (ones that rely on gtk).

Code:
(process:1935): Gtk-WARNING **: Locale not supported by C library.
         Using the fallback 'C' locale.  

(straw:1935): Gdk-WARNING **: locale not supported by C library Traceback (most recent call last):   File "/usr/bin/straw", line 17, in ?     s = straw.Main()   File "/usr/lib/straw/straw/Main.py", line 41, in __init__     self._setlocale()   File "/usr/lib/straw/straw/Main.py", line 105, in _setlocale     locale.setlocale(locale.LC_ALL, '')   File "/usr/lib/python2.3/locale.py", line 381, in setlocale     return _setlocale(category, locale) locale.Error: unsupported locale setting
 
Old 12-06-2006, 10:37 AM   #2
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locale not supported by C library

Hi -

I've just rebuilt my glibc (don't try that unless you are a bit mad - its very easy to get it wrong and end up with an unusable system). I needed the new posix compliant threading stuff. But the point is that after I did that I ran into very similar problems to the one you reported. The Google located suggestions of altering environment variables didn't help at all. But at last I stumbled across localedef, which is a command line function for compiling the locale definition files. In my case what I needed was
localedef -c -f iso885915 -i en_GB en_GB.iso885915
run as super-user.

That has done the trick for me. I'm not quite sure whether its persistent, because I haven't rebooted the system. But one sure sign is that if you run
locale
or
locale -a
and it moans, then there is something wrong.
Well locale works fine now, and the Gtk warnings have stopped.

I hope that helps someone else.

Greenleaf
 
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Old 07-04-2008, 07:54 AM   #3
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And still good value after all these years

Thanks champ, this sorted a locale annoyance I'd been having on Ubuntu...

localedef -c -f iso88591 -i en_US en_US.ISO-8859-1
 
Old 04-13-2011, 12:29 PM   #4
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On some distributions this simpler command might also help,

Code:
dpkg-reconfigure locales
 
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Old 06-21-2011, 06:59 AM   #5
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On some distributions this simpler command might also help,

Code:
dpkg-reconfigure locales
Thank you for that command. I was facing the same issue after generating a lot of locale definition files with locale-gen (I did Ctrl-C a few times which probably resulted in corrupted locale definition files). That 'dpkg-reconfigure' command recompiled all the locales I had previously compiled which solved the problem.
 
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