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Change default locale

mesaverde228's picture

Hello for all)))

How to change default locale (en_GB ISO????) to another for example to ru_RU UTF8 or en_US UTF8??

Sorry for my english)))

INRI SakiZ's picture


Instead ru_RU.UTF-8 you can use any other encoding which are listed here
Вместо ru_RU.UTF-8 можно использовать любую другую кодировку, которые перечислены здесь

Редактируем файл /etc/environment
(Edit the file "/etc/environment")

nano /etc/environment

Вот как должен выглядеть вывод команды в «правильной» системе:
(Here's how to look at the output of the "correct" system:)


Генерим русскую и английскую UTF-8 локали (Generating Russian & English UTF-8 Locales)
locale-gen ru_RU.utf8 && locale-gen en_US.utf8

Переконфигурируем локали (Reconfiguring locales)
dpkg-reconfigure locales

Определяем дефолтную локаль (Determine the default locale)
localedef ru_RU.UTF-8 -i ru_RU -f UTF-8

Для того, чтобы удалить из системы ненужные локали, заходим в папку
(In order to uninstall unneeded locale, go to the folder)

cd /var/lib/locales/supported.d
и правим, соответственно файлики en, ru и local.
(and edit respectively files en, ru, and local.)

echo "ru_RU.UTF-8 UTF-8" > ru
echo "en_US.UTF-8 UTF-8" > en
echo "ru_RU.UTF-8 UTF-8" > local

Перезагружаемся )) (Reboot)))

Jeremy Davis's picture

TBH I'm not 100% sure

[update - You beat me to it! :)]

And I haven't tried to change it. I had a bit of a search about and found lots of conflicting information so I'm not sure what to suggest, other than perhaps you too can have a search and test some stuff out until you get something that works. If you keep in mind, TKL v11.x is based on Ubuntu 10.04/Lucid then you will find plenty of info (although as I said, a lot of it seems to be conflicting).

For started you need to have the language you want installed. Have a look at the available ones here. Then install with apt like this:

apt-get update && apt-get install language-pack-xx

(where xx is the language code).

Then from what I gather you need set the language varilables.

Here is a bit of reading, although google and testing will probably be your best bet:

Here's a few threads that look like they may be useful:

Bottom line is that it would be great if you could have a read and a play with and see if you can get it to work and post back with your findings.


Chris Musty's picture

Old thread needs an update

In the above scenario, why not just run

dpkg-reconfigure locales

and chose the required locale

Chris Musty


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