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Using system settings I changed my language to Arabic and deleted the English language from the settings. Then the computer lagged and it logged out - now I can't log back in because the login is in Arabic.

So is there a way to default my language via terminal, default the login password language, or login via terminal which is still in English. I only have access to guest and a terminal.

I changed the pasword to something that could be translated into arabic http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/resetpassword - then loged in and used system settings to default.

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If you are familiar with using vi from terminal, try the following:

  1. edit /etc/default/locale:

  2. edit ~/.pam_environment:


Logout and Login or Reboot.

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Nano is also installed by default. :-) –  LiveWireBT May 7 '12 at 17:29
If you want to understand what changing these variables means: help.ubuntu.com/community/Locale –  YuriC Apr 29 '13 at 17:25

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