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How can I read man pages in my mother tongue?

I'd also like to contribute some translations.

  • Where should I go?

  • Is there a community supported by Canonical?

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up vote 9 down vote accepted
  1. Install the package named language-pack-<two letter language code>
    e.g. sudo apt-get install language-pack-es for Spanish
  2. Install the package named manpages-<two letter language code>
    e.g. apt-get install manpages-es for Spanish man pages.
  3. Set your LANG environment variable to <language>_<country>.<encoding>,
    e.g. LANG=es_ES.UTF-8
  4. Run man

List of language codes.

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Thanks for the nice answer. I've tried, but there is no ko yet. ko is korean. Who did translate your language? Canonical? – Benjamin Feb 7 '11 at 0:31
You're right, it looks like Korean hasn't been supported since 2005. Try asking here: or join up to contribute here: – Mikel Feb 7 '11 at 6:28

First part of question already answered. This will answer second part of question.

Look at this page and locate you language and open the page for your language team from the link.

If your language is not in the list refer on how to start one team

These are translated by community of translation volunteers.

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Thanks guys. They were so helpful. – Benjamin Feb 9 '11 at 11:19

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