root@tony-Satellite-C665:~# ls /etc/locale.conf
ls: cannot access /etc/locale.conf: No such file or directory

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I believe that you can simply create this file and add your desired configuration to it, like:


Or whatever you want. Actually, by default this file does not exist on my machine too.

The other file that I believe systemd uses is:


If you set a locale using localectl like:

localectl set-locale LC_TIME=en_GB.utf8

It will be add to that file:

$ cat /etc/default/locale 

Remember that you can allways get a list of available locales by localectl list-locales or: locale -a.

And if the locale you are looking for is not in the list, first uncomment it from: /etc/locale.gen, then run locale-gen, and use localectl or whatever why you prefer to set your preferred locales.

  • Just for the record, maybe some missing locales must be generated - for example: sudo locale-gen "en_US.UTF-8".
    – pa4080
    Apr 16, 2017 at 14:14
  • @SpasSpasov, thanks for remembering that... also updated the answer.
    – Ravexina
    Apr 16, 2017 at 14:39

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