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I'm running 11.04. I want the system language to be in German. When I go to Language Support and Install/Remove Languages, I check the German box and Apply Changes.

However I'm told that the package is already installed and that there isn't any need for an installation. Expanding the Details shows:

Package [dbus.String(u'libreoffice-gnome')] is already installed

However, German doesn't appear in the Language for menus and windows list. How should I resolve this?

The problem is the same when I tried Esperanto and Afrikaans.

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I've just had the same problem.

While using Ubuntu 11.10 and trying to install French language, I got the error:

Package [dbus.String(u'thunderbird')] is already installed

As it would be too time consuming to uninstall, reinstall and reconfigure thunderbird (as adviced in some other answer), I looked around for a different fix.

What I found out was that I had some pending updates in the "Update Manager" utility.

All I had to do was to launch "Update Manager" and click on "Install Updates".

After that, it succeeded installing the French language pack.

So, my tip is: check for pending updates before trying to install a new language pack.

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Ok I resolved this. I'll answer the question just in case anyone else has a similar problem.

I went through and did sudo apt-get remove libreoffice-gnome. Upon which I tried again and got the same error except it was with libreoffice-draw, and then librdf0. After that it let me install German.

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You need to log out and choose the language for your session. At the login prompt, select your user, then look at the bottom of the screen. You'll find a language selector there.

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It only gives me the option of Chinese and about 5 or six variants of English. – oadams Sep 23 '11 at 15:58

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