I am running Debian 8 Jessie. Would it be possible to set user-specific languages and keyboard layouts for users in Debian?

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Sure. You need to edit the ~/.bashrc file.

As an example, consider an English system (en_US.UTF-8 locale/language and us) keyboard. To give a specific user an italian environment, you need to edit its ~/.bashrc file adding the following rows:

export LC_ALL=it_IT.UTF-8
export LANG=it_IT.UTF-8
loadkeys it
  • Is there some place where I can find a list of all keyboard layouts and languages?
    – CubeDev
    Jan 29, 2016 at 16:04

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