With the new sublime text version I receive:

"Package Control

Your system's locale is set to a value that can not handle non-ASCII characters. Package Control can not properly work unless this is fixed.

On Linux, please reference your distribution's docs for information on properly setting the LANG environmental variable. As a temporary work-around, you can launch Sublime Text from the terminal with:

LANG=en_US.UTF-8 sublime_text"

How can I get around this?

My locale is:


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  • What is your locale? You can see it from locale in a terminal. – dadexix86 Aug 1 '16 at 22:44
  • @dadexix86: Added above. – empedokles Aug 3 '16 at 11:53
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    That's the problem. C is not good enough for sublime text. Did you use something like localepurge? – dadexix86 Aug 3 '16 at 11:54
  • I don't know what that is, I'm more of a hobbyist. – empedokles Aug 4 '16 at 13:16
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    @dadexix86: Language Support won't help in this case. The problem is that LC_ALL is set, and it wasn't done via Language Support. – Gunnar Hjalmarsson Aug 9 '16 at 12:00

The problem is that LC_ALL is set to "C" somewhere. LC_ALL should not be set persistently at all on an Ubuntu desktop. If it is, it overrides any GUI for setting locales/language.

I'd start to check out the /etc/default/locale file. If you find the line


there, then open the file for editing, remove that line, and relogin.

  • It says: LANG="de_CH.UTF-8" LANGUAGE="de_CH:de" – empedokles Aug 10 '16 at 20:26
  • @empedokles: In that case you have set LC_ALL in some other config file. If you fail to find out where, one way to handle it might be to add the line unset LC_ALL to your ~/.profile file (and relogin). – Gunnar Hjalmarsson Aug 10 '16 at 21:23
  • How can I find this file? I don't remember to have set it. I upgraded from 15.10 to 16.04. – empedokles Aug 12 '16 at 7:32
  • @empedokles: ~ stands for your home directory (/home/<yourname>), so you find .profile in the 'root' of your home directory. (It's a hidden file, so if you use Files, you need to make sure that it also shows hidden files.) – Gunnar Hjalmarsson Aug 12 '16 at 17:12
  • Thanks, I will try it. BTW: The same problem on my laptop, seems ubuntu-specific. – empedokles Aug 13 '16 at 19:50

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