A locale is a set of parameters that defines the user's language, country and any special variant preferences that the user wants to see in their user interface.

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Locale environment variable settings do not take effect

I have a Debian 6 (64-bit) VPS where I cannot seem to get the locale environment variables LANG and LC_* set. (Everything below as root). vps:~# locale -a C POSIX en_US.utf8 nl_NL.utf8 vps:~# locale ...
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Using localectl on Arch, Failed to issue method call: Invalid Locale data

Using Arch. $ localectl status System Locale: n/a VC Keymap: n/a X11 Layout: n/a Okay cool, so I just do set locale, right? $ localectl list-locales en_US.utf8 ...cool, I'll use en_US.utf8 ...
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cannot install locales in Debian 7 due to unmet dependencies

So instead of including the wheezy-backport in my sources.list I had the bright idea of adding jessie directly. Realising my mistake I cut out of and apt-get update/upgrade midway through and then ...
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Working with Hebrew text in Redhat [closed]

I'm trying to view Hebrew text in my putty terminal, but I keep seeing those squares instead of text (see pic). Things I've done so far but didn't work: edited /etc/sysconfig/il8n and changed ...
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Consequences of setting up POSIX locales

Small background of the situation: We are using several UBUNTU servers having English as working language; however having en_US locale set in machines we encounter problems with apt-cacher-ng ...
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Chromebook Crouton Debian xfce4 - Cannot change locale!

On the system described in the title, I am trying to change my locale to a UTF-8 one, in order to run the program Anki. However it won't let me, the commands locale-reconfigure locale-gen and any ...
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What should I set my locale to and what are the implications of doing so?

This question was stimulated by asking the question Chromium browser does not allow setting the default paper size for "Print to File", and also by a conversation with @Gilles on chat. As ...
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Debian thinks my file system is encoded as ISO-8859-1

This may not be the appropriate site for this question, because it's more a complaint than a question, but here goes. Today I updated my computer from Mint 15 to Debian 7.6. And after I'd done that, ...
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Mint: locale problem

When compiling a java application, I got an issue with some characters that are encoded in ISO-8859-1. On my machine I am using UTF-8. How can I change temporarily the locale so compilation goes fine? ...
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Locale not being set on initial login on Raspbian/Debian

When I log in to my headless Raspbian box using putty/ssh, the locale is not being set correctly. However, if I su to another user, then su back, the locales are then set. This session shows the ...
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aspell installs too many languages

I have installed aspell-en and aspell-de. I have expected this will give me the choice between en and de languages. However, the package has installed many versions of en and de languages and now when ...
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locale-gen command in centos6

In my bare centos6.5 system, which is a docker container, en_US.utf-8 locale is missing: bash-4.1# locale -a C POSIX Normally in Ubuntu there is command locale-gen to do this: # locale-gen ...
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Set custom locales in Gnome3 (on Fedora 20)

I've created my own custom locales and placed them in /etc/locale.conf which successfully takes effect if I log in on a virtual console (Ctrl+Alt+F2). In my Gnome3 session those variables are not set, ...
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Debian 7.0 (wheezy) change Keyboard Layout to German

I am struggling with changing the language to German, in the locale Settings there is only one available language (American English). I would like to have German and i am not a linux guru.
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utf-8 locale missing on nexenta

I need to use utf-8, but "locale -a" produces: C POSIX iso_8859_1 the os is: SunOS cteraportal 5.11 NexentaOS_134f i86pc i386 i86pc Solaris Additional info: root@cteraportal:~# dpkg -l locales ...
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Command to retrieve the list of characters in a given character class in the current locale

What could be way to retrieve a list of all the characters in a given character class (like blank, alpha, digit...) in the current locale. For instance, LC_ALL=en_GB.UTF-8 that-command blank ...
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How to actually test locale

So I know what locale does. Sets the output format of certain programs depending on what country/language you're in, for example 1000000 can be formatted like 1,000,000.00 1 000 000.00 1.000.000,00 ...
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Understanding environmental variables in different contexts

Trying to understand the behaviour of the environment in Linux (Ubuntu 13.04 concretely), I've find different situations where setting envirionment variables are used or defined for/in different ...
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How to change locale to English?

I have message from bash and it's localized, I want English message, my locale is: $ locale LANG=pl_PL.UTF-8 LANGUAGE=pl:en LC_CTYPE="pl_PL.UTF-8" LC_NUMERIC=pl_PL.UTF-8 LC_TIME=pl_PL.UTF-8 ...
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Sorting with Perl respecting Locale Settings

Following data needs to be sorted respecting the locale sort order: wird sin wär pêche war Über Uber péché peach There was nor problem by using sort $ sort < data peach pêche péché sin Uber ...
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gawk: Summing floats formatted with comma separator

I'm trying to sum floats which use the comma as separator, and gawk does integer calculations. Here's the script: BEGIN { FS=";" OFS=";" CONVFMT = "%2.2f" } { print $1 print $2 print ...
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Changing Locale

I am using Linux Mint 15 Currently I have my locale as (by using command locale): LANG=en_US.UTF-8 LANGUAGE= LC_CTYPE="en_US.UTF-8" LC_NUMERIC=ar_SA.UTF-8 LC_TIME=ar_SA.UTF-8 ...
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Set Up New Locale On CentOS 6

I am trying to set up a new locale for my centos server environment. Here is currently shows for locale -a command: en_AG en_AG.utf8 en_AU en_AU.iso88591 en_AU.utf8 en_BW en_BW.iso88591 en_BW.utf8 ...
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Character encoding issue with my linux install?

I just installed Ubuntu 12.04.4 64 bits, all seemed to be ok, when I started to work on console I noticed: that I couldn't get some accented characters typed in to the console, for example, if I ...
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Linux ls wrong date format

I try to find why when I do the command ls or whatever ls -la the column format is wrong with date. It should be like that: -rw-r--r-- 1 johndoe johndoe 55 janv. 26 2011 not like that : ...
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Console outputing wrong single quote character (â)

My console yakuake is outputting the wrong single quote character. test.cpp: In function âint main()â: I've tried, one by one: export LC_CTYPE="C" export LC_CTYPE="posix" export ...
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Make yakuake outputting correct characters

I have some files that using japanese, korean and chinese characters in their filename, this is the example filename 栗山千明 - おいしい季節決定的三分間.rar but when i tried to ls -w1 *.rar in the yakuake console, ...
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locale not found/setting locale failed - what should I do?

I've installed Debian 7 i386 on my VPS (OpenVZ). Everything works fine, except locales - any attempt to install anything shows: [...] perl: warning: Setting locale failed. perl: warning: Please check ...
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Problem with log in after change locale, maybe relate to PAM

System information: Debian Wheezy CPU: intel core i7 3770 I initially only had en_US.UTF-8 as the default language. This morning, I changed the /etc/local.gen file and un-comment the zh_CN.UTF-8 and ...
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login with xdm and umlaut in password

I want use xdm to login to my machine and start my session. My password contains an umlaut. I'd rather not change the password as it is quite long and complex and I just memorized it. Login works ...
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Problems with the locale; can't make Arch Linux use UFT-8 [closed]

Note: The real problems behind this are presented here, as per a recommendation on meta. This question should be closed as a non-reproducible off-topic because its main problem is solved by correcting ...
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Reload /etc/default/locale without reboot?

After making changes to /etc/default/locale, is it possible to reload/active the new settings without a reboot?
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I have an environment variable for LANG set in ~/.profile but it is not getting set

I want to set the locale. I have this in my ~/.profile #language export LANG=en_GB.utf8 export TESTING123=en_GB.utf8 But when I type: echo $LANG $TESTING123 I get (LANG not set, but TESTING123 ...
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dot instead of comma as thousand separator

I read about --blocksize for ls to get a thousands separator. However my computer gives me dot (.) and not comma (,): $ ls -l --block-size="'1" total 11.893.190.656 -rw------- 1 carlah users ...
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Running a program to output in Dutch

I'm running KDE Arch linux and trying to update my system using pacman and have it output in Dutch. I've tried the following sudo LANG=nl_NL.UTF-8 pacman -Syy sudo KDE_LANG=nl_NL.UTF-8 pacman -Syy ...
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How does zoneinfo get updated if at all?

I have been installing several systems lately have noticed a difference of opinion on how to set time-zones. Arch Linux Beginners' Guide says to use a symlink and the Gentoo HOW TO Guide says to copy ...
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How to have console messages in English?

I am French and use my Debian system in French. However, I would like to have error messages in terminal in English. It allows me to post them on English speaking websites. How can I change my ...
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Cylon-Linux: is there a Spanish locale?

I would like to know if it is possible to install the Spanish language. Being a derivative of Ubuntu, it is installed the same way, but even assigning language and local time during installation, ...
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How to mount an NTFS drive as utf8 over NFS

Question How to mount a nfs share (NTFS formatted fileystem) as utf8 in CentOS 6.5? What I tried mount -o iocharset=utf8 mount -o nfs=utf8 mount -o utf8=1 mount -o utf8 Problem: When I ...
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texinfo: Can I write non-english info files? Such as Chinese, and how?

Most gnu manual files use info, write a texinfo then makeinfo produces info files, it's great. Can texinfo contain non-English characters then produce non-English infos or pdfs? How can I write ...
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What are these strange characters in wifi-menu and alsamixer?

I have a fresh install of Arch. When I run wifi-menu or alsamixer, both of which I think use dialog, the display in the shell is not correct. The border, for example, is drawn with the wrong ...
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locale-dependent bash script: How to properly ensure locale?

I went through a strange bug in a bash script which is on another machine, accessed via ssh (or other ssh like clients). It was basically a menu, in particular showing IP address(es) of the machine ...
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How can I find the sort order for ls with my locale?

I was using ls -l on a directory, and was surprised that spaces and underscores were ignored for the sort order. For example, $ echo $LANG en_AU.UTF-8 $ ls -l total 0 -rw-r--r-- 1 sparhawk sparhawk 0 ...
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Julian calendar for a UK locale in ncal

On my machine, ncal identifies my country code as GB, and use that to find the date for the shift to the gregorian calendar, and I think cal uses the same date by default: cal: $ cal 09 1752 ...
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who -b date format varies strangely

I run who -b to get the date of the last reboot. It returns 2013-10-29 14:55. Now ran by a daemon (I am sending this date to a server) it returns Oct 29 14:55. But some other times (before last reboot ...
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date modifiers explained

Again, I found some interesting I don't understand in an info page, in info dateto be precisely: An optional modifier can follow the optional flag and width specification. The modifiers are: ...
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How to change gnome session locale?

How do I change the default locale for my gnome session? I created /etc/default/locale-local with this content: LANG=pt_PT.UTf-8 LC_MESSAGES=en_US.UTF-8 and added this to /etc/pam.d/gdm3, ...
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Can I change the output format of the “last” command to display the year?

I'm trying to find a way to report on the most recent login for all users on my Solaris 10 server. I'm starting with the output of the last command. Using that command, I get output like this: ...
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Are the outputs of /proc/meminfo, /proc/cpuinfo etc always in English?

I am writing code that relies on the output of /proc/meminfo, /proc/cpuinfo etc. Are the file contents always in English? For example, will MemTotal in /proc/meminfo always be MemTotal in all locales? ...
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Accent error on OpenWrt 12.09?

[user@localhost ~] ssh -x -a root@192.168.1.1 BusyBox v1.19.4 (2013-03-14 11:28:31 UTC) built-in shell (ash) ----------------------------------------------------- ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT (12.09, r36088) ...