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Playing with hardinfo I noticed that I have more language files on my system that I use.
I use only english and german language.

Hardinfo report shows me these languages for example:
de_BE.utf8 German locale for Belgium
en_AG English language locale for Antigua and Barbuda

Why are they on my system?

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This seems an issue with hardinfo reporting the terms locale and language rather confusingly.

I have only 2 languages installed on my ubuntu system, english and norwegian. Yet hardinfo returns a long list of all the locales matching 'en'.

A locale does not consist of the language files for a language, it is "a set of language and cultural rules" (quote man 7 locale)

In fact, hardinfo shows exactly the same list as what this command returns: locale -a|grep 'en\|no', which i suspect is what hardinfo uses "under the hood".

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Why I get this update today than? ttf-thai-tlwg (1:0.4.13-4) to 1:0.4.13-4ubuntu0.1 This is for Thai language. Also I get updates like this hunspell-de-at (20091006-3ubuntu1) – vrcmr Nov 21 '10 at 19:03
I've looked into Synaptic Package Manager. There are some packages installed that I will never use, this means I get updates for all these packages. – vrcmr Nov 21 '10 at 19:47
Regarding specific packages see the answer from @Thomas Boxley. However; these packages are unrelated to the locales being listed in hardinfo, which was what I were trying to convey with my answer. – Kristian Berge Nessa Nov 21 '10 at 19:56
good point...i try to make sure everything on my box is as specific as possible en-us.UTF-8...I leave the extra fonts in place though...sometimes I view russian/european files (subtitles for video is a common example, there are many others) that need additional accent marks - french and spanish come to mind – RobotHumans Nov 22 '10 at 3:38

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