On a fresh install (13.04) I see a strange mix of languages in Software Center

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The menu (like my system language) is in English, but the descriptions are in German. I want the descriptions in English too.

I am using a german keyboard and have German installed too (for giving support to students with German as system language :-))

In system settings I have moved German below English - so it should be ignored, I have logged out after that.

I have cleared the "Software Center Cache" with Ubuntu Tweak. The picture remains the same.


The Software Center doesn't store language settings for package information, but pulls them from apt. apt builds its backend based on the installation language. This has been reported as a bug.

If you have removed languages that you no longer need, you can reset the translations that apt-get looks for with:

sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/* -vf && sudo apt-get update

At least one person at the above-mentioned bug report, says the problem of apt showing package descriptions in a language that is now different from the one you are using was fixed by first choosing the language you need in Language Settings and then reinstalling the Software Center:

sudo apt-get --reinstall install software-center
  • The reinstall was needed. – guntbert Jun 27 '13 at 11:15
  • @guntbert Glad it worked out. I edited my answer to clarify that. – chaskes Jun 27 '13 at 15:54
  • this custom lubuntu build for my acer c720 had english software names in the software center but spanish descriptions. here's what i did to fix: 1) reset the translations per your first instructions 2) re-set system wide language settings to english 3) reinstall the software center. I believe the person who made the build deleted the extra languages to save space and this messed things up. – anon58192932 Sep 28 '15 at 7:27

My guess is that the system wide language is still German. May I suggest that you click the Apply system-wide button in Language Support and reboot.

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