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locale problem

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On Wed, 25 Feb 2004 10:24:59 -0500 (EST)
David Kramer <david at> wrote:

> On my SuSE 9.0 box at work, when I open up a shell in konsole, I see
> the message:
> 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
> When I log into a tty in text mode, it doesn't happen.
> When I use xterm, it doesn't happen.
> When I log in as root in konsole, it DOES happen, which is confusing.
> I don't know enough about how the locale system gets set up to
> diagnose this, but I've been comparing files between my home box and
> my work box, and I haven't found the silver bullet.
> Any clues?
For the most part, you can set your locale up as either C on en_US
Your locales should be in /usr/lib/locales. The default locale that you
should have set in YaST should have been "en_US". 
You can set this in YaST/System/Choose Language. 
Click on details, and make sure that the locales for root are set for
You can force the locale in your .bashrc script or .profile. 
LC_ALL will force all the other locales to be set. 

If you noticed un SuSE 9.0, the sorting of the ls -la directory listing
is case insensitive. Set LC_ALL="C", and you will see a change in the
sorting of the directory. 

In short, the locale affects the formatting of some underlying things,
such as money, and it also affects how things sort, and the language. 

I was playing with the locales the other day and got japanese dialog
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