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9.7.4 Activating locale support

Debian does not come with all available locales pre-compiled. Check /usr/lib/locale to see which locales (besides the default "C") are compiled for your system. If the one you need is not present, you have two options:

  • Edit /etc/locale.gen to add the desired locale, then run locale-gen as root to compile it. See locale-gen(8) and the manpages listed in its "SEE ALSO" section.

  • Run dpkg-reconfigure locales to reconfigure the locales package. Or if it is not already installed, installing locales will invoke the debconf interface to let you choose needed locales and compile the database.

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