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Old 03-22-2012, 06:27 AM   #1
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How to change the format of date in thunderbird in rhel 5.8


I am using rhel 5.8 64 bit. I have thunderbird 10.0.3 . I have language set to english india. LANG=en_IN.UTF-8 .I set the language through system-config-language . original it was en_US.UTF-8. it showed date in mm/dd/yy format in thunderbird. I wanted it to show in dd/mm/yy format. Since india uses this format. i though changing language to in english india will fix the problem. But now i get the date in format like 'friday 16 march 2012 03:50 PM'. So i think english_in is not good and is not mature enough. How do i fix this to get date in thunderbird to display as 16/02/2012 03:50PM.

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Try LANG=en_UK.UTF-8
Old 03-28-2012, 02:53 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by vaettchen View Post
Try LANG=en_UK.UTF-8
I tried system-config-language and choose Great Britain. and that solved the problem. Now i am afraid if there any side effects of this. So far so good.
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Two more points that may help you.

1) You can prefix an individual command with a variable setting, to have that setting only affect that process.

2) In this case you don't need to set the overall LANG variable. It's the LC_TIME variable that controls the date format in thunderbird.

So try launching TB with the command like this:
LC_TIME=en_UK.UTF-8 thunderbird
Make sure that the desired locale is available on your system first, of course.

More on the time format in TB here:
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