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Fred Caro 09-28-2012 07:13 PM

how do you add another lauguage (french?) to debian?
I would like to add another language to Gnu/Linux, particually Debian, but not remove English.
Synaptic offers language packages but how do I implement them without affecting English, I am not wedded to synaptic.


Randicus Draco Albus 09-28-2012 07:28 PM

That depends on what you want to do.
If you just want to add languages to OpenOffice, install a language package, such as aspell-fr, either with Synaptic, or in a terminal

apt-get install <name of language package>
If you want to add languages so they are available for use with the GUI, in a terminal type

dpkg-reconfigure locales
and add the desired languages.

Fred Caro 09-30-2012 12:45 PM

what I would really like to do is choose my language at login but retain the original as a choice.

>dpkg-reconfigure locales

Will this just change my default language or add some more?
Will it change the cli or just the gui?
Will openoffice still be just in the original language?

Or do you have to get a language package for each program?


Randicus Draco Albus 10-01-2012 09:48 AM

dpkg will let you add and remove languages that will be used system-wide, and change the default. The choice of which language is used can be made during log-in. The log in display has options for Language, Session and Actions.

Fred Caro 10-05-2012 04:34 PM

Dear all,
it does not appear to be that simple, the 'dpkg-reconfigure locales' command gives me a selection box but it will not install another language only remove the default selection on boot up. I think I'm missing something...?


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