Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I want to switch to French locale. So I tried the below command:

myUbundu@myUbundu-desktop:~$ export LC_ALL=fr_FR

But I am getting the warning

-bash: warning: setlocale: LC_ALL: cannot change locale (fr_FR)

How to set the locale to French? Do I need to install additional packages?

share|improve this question
add comment

2 Answers

up vote 17 down vote accepted

Try the following commands

sudo locale-gen fr_FR
sudo update-locale LANG=fr_FR
share|improve this answer
add comment

I have fought with this for a week or so.

The most reliable (and easiest too) for me was to edit my profile file with

gedit ~/.profile

An add this language variables to be set at every login

LANG="en_AU.UTF-8"
LANGUAGE="en_AU:en"

You need to log out and back in for the change to take effect.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.