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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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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How to change “Number Format” in Gnome 2

I require to change my Number format in my CentOS 6.0 box. I am using "gnome desktop environment" version 2.28.2. I want to know from where can I change the default Number Format of the system. I ...
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sort and ls — why aren't capitalized letters sorted first?

I want a sorting like this, with capitalized letters before lowercase: -rw-r--r--. 1 0 0 183 2014-10-14 20:17 ./CHECKSUMS.md5 -rw-r--r--. 1 0 0 185 2014-10-14 20:17 ./CHECKSUMS.asc ...
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How do folder name localizations work?

In Mac OS X, there are directories like Desktop, Users and Library. On localized systems, these would be named Skrivbord, Användare and Bibliotek (Swedish) But when I am in the terminal I can't ...
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How to get rid of special characters in the output of make [closed]

When I run gcc, it outputs errors but the function names are surrounded by special characters like this ‘setup_connection’: This same is repeated with variable names. I am wondering if the ...
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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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Why is there no “Euro English” locale?

I used to use the somewhat whimsical en_DK.UTF-8 locale when installing a new system because that would produce (roughly) the locale results I wanted, even though I am not in Denmark. Measurements ...
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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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Change language of GNOME update manager

I was in France some weeks ago and used my laptop there. While being there and using the internet, I noticed that the GNOME update center changed its language from German (my locale) to French. I just ...
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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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What's the default order of Linux sort?

For a long period I thought the default behavior of the sort program was using ASCII order. However, when I input the following lines into sort without any arguments: # @ I got: @ # But ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Output ls -l size field with digits grouped by thousands?

It is possible to make ls -l output the size field with digits grouped by thousands? If so, how? For instance: $ ls -l -rw-rw---- 1 dahl dahl 43,210,052 2012-01-01 21:52 test.py (Note the commas ...
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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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Some UTF-8 characters not being recognized by grep or sed

Trying to determine all characters in a file. The file sample consists of: a eɪ abandon əˈbændən ability əˈbɪləti able ˈeɪbəl able ˈeɪbl abortion əˈbɔrʃən abortion əˈbɔrʃn about əˈbaʊt above əˈbʌv ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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localization of man pages on Linux (Ubuntu)

Is there an option to output a manual page in a different language? I don't want to change the computer language completely, but only specific manual pages. For example $ man -English man Man is a ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...