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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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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What charset encoding is used for filenames and paths on Linux?

Does it depend on what file system I use? For example, ext2/ext3/ext4 but also what happens when I insert one of those "joliet" CD-ROMs with ISO 9660? I've heard that POSIX contains some sort of spec ...
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Nothing helps Gnome Terminal to not default to ANSI_x3.4-1968

I would really like gnome-terminal to default to a UTF-8 encoding, but whatever I do, I can't get it to do it. I don't have sudo access, so I cannot edit /etc/environment. I'm on a university-managed ...
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Why can't I properly locate Debian 8.1 on my BeagleBone Black?

I was using the BBB (BeagleBone Black) for a while now but with Arch Linux. Now that Debian also supports systemd I decided to give it a try. So I followed this guide and used the eMMC flasher image ...
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View Japanese text in emacs without X11

Is it possible to view Japanese (or more generally, international) fonts in emacs without running X11? If yes, what is the process? Nearly all the references I have found on the internet related to ...
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How can I examine the contents of /etc/localtime?

What command(s) can I use to examine the contents of the locale files, such as /etc/locale or the files under /usr/share/zoneinfo/*?
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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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Add a foreign keyboard layout to Gnome in Debian 8

I would like to add an Italian keyboard layout as an input source, but my system only lists English layouts. I suppose that this is because I didn't select any locale other than English during ...
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How to determine if current locale uses UTF-8 encoding?

I would like to determine if the user's locale uses UTF-8 encoding. This seems a little bit ugly: [[ $LANG =~ UTF-8$ ]] && echo "Uses UTF-8 encoding.." is there a more general/portable ...
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What is the difference between locale en_AG and en_AG.utf8?

Running locale -av in the terminal window gives me (only showing first two items of output): locale: en_AG archive: /usr/lib/locale/locale-archive ...
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Why are file names surrounded wtih “â” sign?

After adding alias rm='rm -i' to my ~/.bashrc file, because when I remove file, shell wasn't asking for confirmation, file names are surrounded with "â" sign like in example below: rm: cannot remove ...
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How to (easily) be able to use a new en_** locale?

I want to use an en_IL.UTF-8 locale - but I can't locale-gen it. I can choose this value in /etc/default/locale but that's apparently not enough for all apps. It seems like I need to get locale-gen to ...
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LMDE2 / MATE locale charset inconsistency

I have a machine with Linux Mint Debian Edition 2 "Betsy" (installed as RC, with all available updates applied) and MATE desktop environment. My problem is that in some applications special characters ...
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Docker CentOS7 image and locale compilation problems

I'm setting up a Docker image which requires localization support. I also need to patch the pt_BR locale according to comment #21 on this thread. So what I'm basically doing is reinstall glibc to ...
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Man page quotation characters [duplicate]

I've just been looking through a few man pages for a few different commands including grep and ifconfig. I've noticed over a few pages, the content uses a strange syntax to notate what i think are ...
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Change a locale definition (as opposed to a locale setting)

Preliminary remark: This question is not about setting a locale by changing LC_ALL, LC_TIME, LANG, etc., it's rather about changing a locale definition, e.g. in /usr/share/i18n/locales/de_DE, or ...
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Best practice to customize date/time format system-wide?

I'd like to customize exclusively the date and time format for my system, while sticking to the rest of the locale as is. I know that environment variable LC_TIME will make it possible to customize ...
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Why does `date` print date with wrong word order when localized?

I'm using Kubuntu 14.04.2 LTS. I set the locale environment with the following command: export LANG=ru_RU.utf8 LANGUAGE=ru_RU.utf8 LC_ALL=ru_RU.utf8 so that locale now says all entries are ...
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Cyrillic file names broken after upgrading Slackware

After upgrading glibc and some other libraries on Slackware instead of cyrillic names I see the garbage: | Was before | Is now | |------------+------------------| | Вождение | ...
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Can't copy or view files with hangul on HFS+

I'm trying to copy a directory of Korean and Japanese music on a Debian Jessie box. The source file system is HFS+J (Mavericks vintage) from a dead Mac, mounted with hfstools: # mount -t hfsplus -o ...
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Perl fails to set locale on AIX 7.1

After setting user language to Chinese with GB18030 encoding in SMIT, the following env variable were added to the user's .profile: LANG=Zh_CN LC_MESSAGE=%l.%c ...
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Debian applications in a different language and unable to change

I recently had to reinstall GNOME on my Debian7 system, the reason being there was a problem with the older version. Unfortunately, probably since I am in Belgium, it has installed part French, part ...
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How do I get the language for messages?

Is there a single command I can use to get the language to use for messages or do I have to check LC_MESSAGES, LC_ALL, LANG etc. in some specific order?
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Running `build-locale-archive` causes my ssh session to terminate

I had previously asked the question, How do I reduce the size of locale-archive?, and got a great answer to my question, but when I execute build-locale-archive I get disconnected from my RHEL6 host. ...
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emacs text mode UTF-8 characters

I can't get emacs (version 24.4.1) in text mode (-nw launch option) to display Unicode characters directly. It outputs them in escaped form, e.g. ä becomes \344. When I save the file, it is encoded as ...
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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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LC_ALL: cannot change locale

When I log into my server (Debian 7) through PuTTY, I get greeted by a message saying: -bash: warning: setlocale: LC_ALL: cannot change locale (en_GB.UTF-8). Then, when I try to run almost any ...
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Why did the time format in Steam chat change after I started using xinit?

The time format in my Steam chat used to look like this: 23:59 After I stopped using Slim and started using xinit, it looks like this: This only displays the hour and the time zone, which isn't ...
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How make console to support chinese in CentOS 7?

How can I make the console in CentOS 7 support Chinese? I used localectl command. Following is the result: System Locale: LANG=zh_CN.UTF-8 VC Keymap: cn X11 Layout: cn The sets are for Chinese. ...
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How to change language interface in Xfce?

I installed Debian sid with Xfce and I would like to change the language used in the interface. I would like to set the language to English (US) remplacing French. The change must be on whole system ...
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Bracket expression (without ranges) matching unexpected character in bash

I'm using bash on Linux. I am getting a success from the following if statement, but shouldn't this return a fail code? if [[ ■ = [⅕⅖⅗] ]] ; then echo yes ; fi The square does NOT equal any of the ...
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What does “LC_ALL=C” do?

What does the C value for LC_ALL do in Unix-like systems? I know that it forces the same locale for all aspects but what does C do?
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Problem with apt-get and locales (inappropriate # in .deb package name)

First of all, I'm running Raspbian, any extra needed info, I will post it here, just ask for it. EDIT: Output of locales -a: C C.UTF-8 en_GB.utf8 POSIX I configured en_GB.utf8, about the others, ...
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Can not set the LC_TIME variable for the current process [duplicate]

On Linux Mint Rebecca, my current LC_TIME setting is LC_TIME="en_US.UTF-8" I would like to execute date and watch how the current date is displayed in a Chinese format with Chinese characters. ...
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bash ssh warning when connect to raspberry: setlocale: LC_ALL: cannot change locale (en_US.UTF-8) [duplicate]

I tried for example this to solve my problem and this too. My problem is that when I try to connect to my Raspberry pi2, I got the following messages: Linux raspberrypi 3.18.7-v7+ #755 SMP PREEMPT ...
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Question marks instead of national letters in console

I have Netgear Stora MS2000 (which uses a modified version of Red Hat) and have strange font issues while connecting by SSH. Note that this occurs both when connecting by PuTTY from Windows and by ...
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Console font - how to show accents?

Arch linux on VirtualBox. My problem is the console (not X) does not show accents like "á ã ç". The problem is showing, not typing. I have a text file with these accents and when I use "cat" the ...
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nix package manager: perl warning: Setting locale failed

Whenever I run a command for the nix package manager (e.g. nix-channel --update) I get the following warning: perl: warning: Setting locale failed. perl: warning: Please check that your locale ...
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Is it possible to limit the set of English locales on a system?

On Debian and Ubuntu is it possible to limit the locales which have to be configured? I know that /var/lib/locales/supported.d/local and /var/lib/locales/supported.d/en govern which locales are being ...
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What is the proper encoding name to use in locale for UTF-8?

Just wondering here as I have on this CentOS 7 system: $ locale -a <snip> en_US.utf8 <snip> and yet: $ localectl System Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8 To add to that, the preferred name ...
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Dead keys not working in Java Swing applications

I'm currently using Ubuntu 10.10 and Netbeans 7.0 and I can't type accented letters with dead keys any more. It's not a version specific problem seems it's related with Swing since I've got the same ...
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The 'LANGUAGE' locale variable - how to set English as primary language? A bug in gettext?

The "LANGUAGE" variable is supposed to set the default language and can be used to specify a set of languages, where the next language will be used if a message is not available in the first ...
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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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Missing locales under Mint 17.1 - cannot display or enter multibyte chars in terminal

I am having multiple issues with locale and language settings in terminal (specifically, gnome-terminal). For testing purposes, in mint-locale I have set both Language and Region to "English, Canada ...
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Add Solaris utf-8 support for Postgresql

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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Linux Deepin language switcher - making it smoother like in Ubuntu

I installed the latest Linux Deepin 2014.2 distro. It's a Chinese distro based on Ubuntu 14.04. The OS is great, but there's one annoying flaw - when switching language, there appears a transparent ...
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Force English layout for the «Compose» key pressed

I like using Compose key. The problem is that large part of my text being typed in non-english layout. This means that some symbols messed up, and most isn't even present (i.e. latin characters). ...
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Location of Language and Locale files

I'm using OpenSUSE 13.2 with GNOME 3.14 Desktop Environment. My interface language is en_US while my locale is ar_SY. My locale contain some wrong data about months names (May and June) and I want to ...
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How do I configure medit to display UTF-8?

My environment is set to use UTF-8. I produce a file in UTF-8 encoding. It works correctly on the terminal. For example: $ echo ééé > test $ cat test $ echo é | od -t x1 0000000 c3 a9 0a ...
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Is there a way to use a PT_BR locale in an English installation of Debian?

I'm Brazilian but when I installed Debian on my machine I set the language to English (US). I prefer to keep my menus and error messages in English because they are more googable (and the translations ...