Hi when I open a terminal it says the next error: bash: warning: setlocale: LC_NUMERIC: cannot change locale (es_VE.UFT-8): No such file or directory

I know that isn't UFT is UTF I alredy fixed, and is cool, but the message still appears, what can i do?

this is what I did to be in this point:

Append the value to your ~/.bashrc file:

echo 'export LC_NUMERIC="en_US.UTF-8"' >>~/.bashrc

To make it applicable from the current session of bash, source the ~/.bashrc file:

source ~/.bashrc

Example: Here i am changing from en_US.UTF-8 to C:

$ locale | grep LC_NUMERIC

$ echo 'export LC_NUMERIC="C"' >>~/.bashrc

$ source ~/.bashrc 

$ locale | grep LC_NUMERIC

This will change the locale for only the user running the command, for system wide change you need to add the value to /etc/default/locale, check the added portion below.

You can also add the value to the systmwide locale file, /etc/default/locale, which will be read at start. To put it there:

echo 'LC_NUMERIC="en_US.UTF-8"' | sudo tee -a /etc/default/locale


sudo bash -c 'echo "LC_NUMERIC=\"en_US.UTF-8\"" >>/etc/default/locale'

I did that but for es_VE.UFT-8, can someone know how to fixed?

1 Answer 1


revert what you have explained you did with bashrc and /etc/default/locale then try to reconfigure your locale with this :

sudo dpkg-reconfigure locales
  • When I tried to revert it and type source ~/.bashrc it says bash: warning: setlocale: LC_NUMERIC: cannot change locale (es_VE.UFT-8). But I didn't type UFT I type UTF, so I don't understand why it keeps saying that? Jun 16, 2018 at 17:23
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    you added 1 line in each of the two files. Remove them and reconfigure locales
    – cmak.fr
    Jun 16, 2018 at 20:43
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    You are welcome. Enjoy your Ubuntu experience !
    – cmak.fr
    Jun 16, 2018 at 23:36

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