Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 1014347
RFE: Unify user locale handling
Last modified: 2015-06-29 08:31:07 EDT
Description of problem:
Currently on Fedora 20 system locale is nicely set in /etc/locale.conf and systemd offers (in addition to the traditional text editor based approach) both localectl  and localed API  to change it as needed.
However, user locale and language is affected at least by three different files on Fedora 20 (in addition to /etc/locale.conf):
/home/$USER/.i18n (used at least by shell init scripts)
/home/$USER/.config/dconf/user (used by GNOME)
/var/lib/AccountsService/users/$USER (used by GDM)
I think it would be worth considering to extend localectl/localed to also provide means to change user locale as well. Smart applications would use the same methods to determine user locale as they use to determine system locale currently, they would be notified on user locale changes on the fly as they are noticed now on system locale changes, user locale settings would be unified to a single file (~/.i18n would be the most compatible option), and localectl/localed would make sure only a user with proper privileges would be able to change user locales.
Ideally, also user locales would be possible to use with LOCPATH, see locale(1) for description of LOCPATH (and remotely related bug 1101860):
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