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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).
(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
Distribution: Linux From Scratch. 64 bit. Kernel 3.7.9. KDE 4.9.1.
locale not supported by C library
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
and it moans, then there is something wrong.
Well locale works fine now, and the Gtk warnings have stopped.
On some distributions this simpler command might also help,
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.
I have this problem under Slackware 13.37. It's more of an annoyance as the lib falls back to the C locale method. Apparently the Locale stuff never got installed correctly. The environment varibles have no effect.