Locales in Xfce4

Amichai Teumim amichai.teumim at gmail.com
Tue May 3 15:06:52 CEST 2005


I use xfce in Hebrew. The guy who is translating it still hasn't 
finished it, so a lot is still in English, however the right to left 
effect is already there and the xfce panel and settings manager are in 
hebrew, also the terminal.

I choose Hebrew on login, from the language menu (GDM) and this works great.


Brian J. Tarricone wrote:

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>Peter Humphrey wrote:
>>Recently I asked about date formats for the Date and Time panel
>>extension and got useful help - thanks all. But it seems my problem is
>>wider in scope - it turns out that Xfce doesn't know about locales, yet
>>Mozilla-Thunderbird expects to inherit the locale from the underlying
>>desktop environment. How do I fix this? I can't find anything about it
>>in any of the documentation.
>Overall, setting the LANG environment variable before starting Xfce
>(usually in your X startup scripts, either ~/.xinitrc, ~/.xsession, or
>possibly by copying $sysconfdir/xdg/xfce4/xinitrc to ~/.config/xfce4/
>and editing that) should do what you want.  There are a bunch of LC_*
>environment variables that you can use if you want to only set certain
>portions of the C library to another locale.  Running 'locale' from the
>command line should tel you what these are.
>You're operating under something of a flawed assumption: it's not the
>desktop environment's 'job', per se, to set the locale, but the
>environment as a whole.  If you're running something like GDM, I believe
>you can set a language when you log in (though I don't believe you can
>set any fine-grained LC_* locales).
>On the other hand, it probably wouldn't hurt to have a 'regional'
>settings panel that writes a locale to a file in ~/.config/xfce4, and
>then have the stock xinitrc read that and set whatever's needed.  Of
>course, someone needs to write it ^_~.  File a feature request on
>Bugzilla; that sounds like something that isn't too complicated, though
>it does require some knowledge of MCS plugins.
>	-brian
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