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A locale is what defines the language, encoding, etc on your system.

Default locale

To know the default locale(s) of your system, go to /var/lib/locales/supported.d/:

 cd /var/lib/locales/supported.d/

you should have, at least:


which defines the default locale.

List installed locales

To list the locales already installed on your computer, open a terminal:

 locale -a

Add a locale

To add chinese from China Mainland locale, open a terminal:

 sudo locale-gen zh_CN.UTF-8

Ubuntu documentation has a page for locales management.


Documentation/Locales (last edited 2013-08-30 02:41:37 by FelipeLopez)