This page indicates how to install / use Debian in your local language.

See :


Text way

You can see the supported locales by typing less /usr/share/i18n/SUPPORTED or in ?LocaleSupported .

TODO: how to configure things properly for xdm/gdm/etc. users.

TODO: ?SendEnv in ~/.ssh/config, personal locale settings in .bash_profile or similar.

Cursor way

Get root and type dpkg-reconfigure locales and select your locale. If you have users who access the system through ssh, it is recommended that you choose None as your default locale in the final question.

This changes /etc/default/locale and /etc/locale.gen (in older versions of Debian, also /etc/environment). If you chose a default locale other than None above, it will be in /etc/default/locale and will override the LANG variable supplied by ssh.

If you've upgraded to Lenny and have leftover LANG=... content in /etc/environment, comment it out, as shown above.

Now, optionally, edit /etc/profile as shown in the previous section. (You don't need to do that if you chose a default locale other than None. But if you chose None, then you probably should.)



dpkg-reconfigure console-common

It over-writes /etc/console/boottime.kmap.gz.


This section is way out of date. Package and file names have all changed.

dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86

It changes /etc/X11/?XF86Config-4 , Section "?InputDevice"

Zones, languages and countries

See Also

?LocalePurge Reducing the number of installed locales