Mateusz Loskot :: hacking on, working out, living up

Fixed polish locale on my Ubuntu 6.06

15 Aug 2006 | mloskot

Ubuntu LinuxToday, I installed a very nice utility to generate LOC statistics for my code - sloccount. Every time I run this tool, I got following message: perl: warning: Setting locale failed..

perl: warning: Setting locale failed.
perl: warning: Please check that your locale settings:
        LANGUAGE = "pl_PL.UTF-8",
        LC_ALL = "",
        LANG = "pl_PL"
    are supported and installed on your system.
perl: warning: Falling back to the standard locale ("C").

This message clearly says I don’t have LC_ALL set with appropriate value. So, I did not think too long and run tried to set it:

$ export LC_ALL=pl_PL.UTF-8

and checked if everything is OK, and it wasn’t:

$ locale
mloskot:~$ locale
locale: Cannot set LC_CTYPE to default locale: No such file or directory
locale: Cannot set LC_MESSAGES to default locale: No such file or directory
locale: Cannot set LC_ALL to default locale: No such file or directory
LANG=pl_PL.UTF-8
...

Hmm, strange.

I googled a bit and I found I need to reconfigure my locales. First, I had to install localeconf because I it wasn’t installed:

$ sudo apt-get install localeconf

Then, I was able to reconfigure locales on my box:

$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure locales
$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure localeconf

I answered questions asked bo configuration wizards with checking all boxes next to LC_CTYPE, LC_MESSAGES, and other customizable LC_* variables, just only to be sure they will be exported.

After these steps, I run locale command, but LC_ALL= was still listed as empty variable, so I added following line to the $HOME/.bash_profile file:

export LC_ALL=pl_PL.UTF-8

Now, all locales are exported properly and I don’t get any error or warning message from Perl scripts. I just wonder why LC_ALL is not set during installation by default.

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