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Is it possible to make a permanent change to the GUI language of Cola Git GUI or git gui? I would like to have them both in English, whenever I start them.

Is this possible?

I know of the following threads:

but those feature ad-hoc solutions.

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It depends on how you start it. Without knowing anything about the particular programs you mention, a generally convenient method is to put a small wrapper program in the ~/bin folder.

To show you what I mean, I wrote such a wrapper to start gedit in Swedish (while I otherwise use English as my display language). The name of the file is ~/bin/gedit, and this is its contents:

export LANGUAGE=sv
export LANG=sv_SE.UTF-8
exec /usr/bin/gedit "$@"

The file shall be executable:

chmod +x gedit


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I usually start programs via the bottom bar on my screen (I use Xfce, the bottom bar is hidden by default) or Synapse, the latter being in use 99% of the time. – henry Feb 19 '14 at 20:13
It works. It's not true to the word, btu true in spirit and that's enough. :) – henry Feb 19 '14 at 20:57
@henry: Glad to hear that. – Gunnar Hjalmarsson Feb 19 '14 at 22:43

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