I'd like to change the language of Ubuntu 17.10 to English (from French). I've changed it in the GNOME Settings:

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$ cat /etc/default/locale 

I've logged out and rebooted but everything is still in French (command line prompts and GNOME interface).

Any hint?

  • Also see this answer: askubuntu.com/a/100754 – pomsky Nov 3 '17 at 18:27
  • I suspect that you previously set French manually somewhere, as in the answer @pomsky pointed at. Check out e.g. ~/.profile and /etc/environment. – Gunnar Hjalmarsson Nov 3 '17 at 20:17
  • Yep, you were right, I had export LC_CTYPE=fr_BE.UTF-8 and export LC_ALL=fr_BE.UTF-8 in my .bashrc. If you create an answer, I can mark it as the solution ;) – fstephany Nov 3 '17 at 23:25
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    Great that you found the explanation. Please feel free to post an answer yourself - it's perfectly fine to answer your own question. :) – Gunnar Hjalmarsson Nov 4 '17 at 0:54

Thanks to comments on the question, I checked my .bashrc file and I still had some traces of a previously set locale:

export LC_CTYPE=fr_BE.UTF-8
export LC_ALL=fr_BE.UTF-8

Removing them solved the issue.

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