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I am trying to run SublimeText with the package control addon and each time I open it using the Unity launcher I receive this error.

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So far I have tried following the instructions provided by Ubuntu Community Help, setting it in all of the mentioned places and then restarting has not fixed the problem.

I've also followed the steps found on the package control github page to no avail.

This does work when I am launching SublimeText from the command line so I am guessing it is a Unity specific problem, does anyone know how to set LANG correctly when launching SublimeText from Unity?

Edit: Adding installation details, I installed using the 64-bit SublimeText3 .deb found here, http://c758482.r82.cf2.rackcdn.com/sublime-text_build-3059_amd64.deb

Package Control was installed using the simple method found here, https://sublime.wbond.net/installation

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I installed sublimetext using the ppa method and Package control with the "simple method" described here, it works out of the box with Ubuntu 13.10 (Unity).

To reproduce your problem I tried to force LANG-C to start sublimetext by modifying the .desktop file. I think you could try the same tweak to start it by this time forcing LANG=en_US.UTF-8:

sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/sublime-text.desktop

And copy the following lines into the file:

[Desktop Entry]
Version=1.0
Type=Application
Name=Sublime Text
GenericName=Text Editor
Comment=Sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose
Exec=bash -c "LANG=en_US.UTF-8 /opt/sublime_text/sublime_text %F"
Terminal=false
MimeType=text/plain;
Icon=sublime-text
Categories=TextEditor;Development;Utility;
StartupNotify=true
Actions=Window;Document;

X-Desktop-File-Install-Version=0.21

[Desktop Action Window]
Name=New Window
Exec=bash -c "LANG=en_US.UTF-8 /opt/sublime_text/sublime_text -n"
OnlyShowIn=Unity;

[Desktop Action Document]
Name=New File
Exec=bash -c "LANG=en_US.UTF-8 /opt/sublime_text/sublime_text --command new_file"
OnlyShowIn=Unity; 
  • I tried using that .desktop file but I am still getting that error. If it helps I am using 12.04 – EEP Mar 28 '14 at 15:37
  • I'll try on a 12.04 system too, could you please detail what installation method did you use? (ppa, .deb, tar.gz, ...) for both sublime and package control. – Sylvain Pineau Mar 28 '14 at 15:41
  • I added installation details... I can try the ppa method to see if that changes things. – EEP Mar 28 '14 at 15:58
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I just had this under Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. my LANG is set system wide but sublimetext 3 package manager not picking it up.

I just did the workaround and put LANG=en_US.UTF-8 before the application path in its icon launcher.

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I had exactly the same problem with sublimeT3. First on a terminal I ran the next command:

$echo $LOCAL

And the output was an empty line.

Next I ran:

$locale

An this was the output:

LANG=
LANGUAGE=en_US
LC_CTYPE=POSIX
LC_NUMERIC=POSIX
LC_TIME=POSIX
LC_COLLATE=POSIX
LC_MONETARY=POSIX
LC_MESSAGES=POSIX
LC_PAPER=POSIX
LC_NAME=POSIX
LC_ADDRESS=POSIX
LC_TELEPHONE=POSIX
LC_MEASUREMENT=POSIX
LC_IDENTIFICATION=POSIX
LC_ALL=POSIX

I tried to reset the locales with some of the answers given here, but everything was unsuccessful, every time the "locale" command gave the same output. Even my /etc/default/locale seemed to be right:

$cat /etc/default/locale

Output:

LANG=en_US.UTF-8
LC_NUMERIC="es_CO.UTF-8"
LC_TIME="es_CO.UTF-8"
LC_MONETARY="es_CO.UTF-8"
LC_PAPER="es_CO.UTF-8"
LC_NAME="es_CO.UTF-8"
LC_ADDRESS="es_CO.UTF-8"
LC_TELEPHONE="es_CO.UTF-8"
LC_MEASUREMENT="es_CO.UTF-8"
LC_IDENTIFICATION="es_CO.UTF-8"

Because of this I wondered if maybe something was overriding the environment variables. My .pam_environment file seemed to be correct:

$cat .pam_environment

Output:

LANGUAGE=en_US:en
LANG=en_US.UTF-8
LC_NUMERIC=es_CO.UTF-8
LC_TIME=es_CO.UTF-8
LC_MONETARY=es_CO.UTF-8
LC_PAPER=es_CO.UTF-8
LC_NAME=es_CO.UTF-8
LC_ADDRESS=es_CO.UTF-8
LC_TELEPHONE=es_CO.UTF-8
LC_MEASUREMENT=es_CO.UTF-8
LC_IDENTIFICATION=es_CO.UTF-8
PAPERSIZE=letter

So I ran the next command which gave me the clue of what was going on:

$cat .bashrc | grep LANG

Here the output:

unset LANG

I don't know when or how, but I ended up with two lines on my .bashrc that overrode the value of "locale" variables. I'm not pasting the whole bash file, but the two key lines were these:

unset LANG
export LC_ALL=POSIX

By commenting them on the bash file and a reboot, voila! my locale was set up as it was intended to, and sublimeT3 stopped complaining. It's been more than a year since this was formulated, but maybe it could help someone else!

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