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Old 12-03-2006, 03:16 AM   #1
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Strange locale setting problem


I'm trying to deal with this problem for few days but now I surrender. Few day ago I've noticed that some of my programs (xmms, aptitude, nano etc.) are in english, weird thing is that I use polish locale from the beginning. I also cannot change language in kcontrolcenter. It's quite annoying that it doesnt work as it should be To make everything clear:
in /etc/environment I have: LANG="pl_PL.UTF-8"; LANGUAGE="pl_PLl" locale generate without any error and dpkg-reconfigure locale doesn't return any error. Same thing is for ISO-8859-2. I've already done this for 1000 of times and result is still the same - English.

Maybe you know what is the problem ??
Old 12-05-2006, 04:31 AM   #2
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I don't know how locale works. Not really. Is it possible that you have English versions of the software?

The latest Thunderbird persists in displaying dates in the American fashion mm/dd/yy, regardless of my locale settings. I have had to use a script to launch Thunderbird and the script contains an export command prior to the line containing the executable.

EDIT: Adding .UTF-8 to my LANGUAGE setting plays havoc with some characters. I now have it added only to the LANG setting where it seems to do no harm.

Last edited by noranthon; 12-05-2006 at 04:40 AM.
Old 12-05-2006, 06:14 AM   #3
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And what do you have in ~/.profile (which is sourced after so might override /etc/profile)
Also what version of debian are you running?

I would also suggest that you give a try to the package language-env

Package: language-env
Priority: optional
Section: misc
Installed-Size: 1484
Maintainer: Tomohiro KUBOTA <>
Architecture: all
Version: 0.68
Replaces: user-ja (<< 0.29)
Depends: perl, locales, debconf-i18n | debconf-2.0
Recommends: ncurses-term, wish
Conflicts: user-ja (<< 0.29)
Filename: pool/main/l/language-env/language-env_0.68_all.deb
Size: 181902
MD5sum: 24fe40d86f5edef6b183e91b61e35ed6
SHA1: 4e9f8935de49615f1b4d14db4e140f314774715c
SHA256: df6617129e5cd0ea96fed9d25a08a6f7b796900b6b2ff373f8e267c837995ba5
Description: simple configuration tool for native language environment
This tool adds basic settings for natural language environment such as
LANG variable, font specifications, input methods, and so on into
user's several dot-files such as .bashrc and .emacs.
This version of language-env supports Belarusian, Bulgarian, Catalan,
Danish, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Polish,
Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, and Ukrainian.
Tag: admin::configuring, culture::bulgarian, culture::catalan, culture::danish, culture::french, culture::german, culture::japanese, culture::korean, culture::polish, culture::russian, culture::serbian, culture::spanish, culture::turkish, culture::ukrainian, devel::i18n, interface::commandline, made-of::lang:perl, use::configuring
Task: arabic, belarusian, bengali, catalan, cyrillic, danish, french, german, greek, hindi, italian, japanese, korean, lithuanian, macedonian, norwegian, persian, polish, punjabi, romanian, russian, spanish, thai, turkish, ukrainian

Last edited by nx5000; 12-05-2006 at 06:24 AM.


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