Bug 160806 - cannot use alternate installed languages as default system language
cannot use alternate installed languages as default system language
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Anaconda Maintenance Team
Mike McLean
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Reported: 2005-06-17 09:17 EDT by Dimitri Papadopoulos
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:11 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2005-06-29 10:39:22 EDT
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2005-06-17 09:17 EDT, Dimitri Papadopoulos
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Description Dimitri Papadopoulos 2005-06-17 09:17:58 EDT
Description of problem:
I've followed the instructions in the "Fedora Core 4 Installation Guide":

1. I'm installing FC4 from CDs, this is really a vanilla installation.
2. In the "Language Selection" form (paragraph 3.1 of the guide) I choose
English - I prefer using that language during installation.
3. I need to install support for additional languages. Actually I would like
French to be the default language for the system aftar installation. I follow
the instructions in paragraph 12.3 of the guide and select French, Greek,
German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese as additional languages.
4. After rebooting, only English (en_US) can be used as the default system language:
	# cat /etc/sysconfig/i18n
English had been chosen as the *installation* language udring installation. Now
I would like French (fr_FR) to be the *default system language* but
system-config-language does offer any choice. See attached screenshot.

At first sight this may look as a duplicate of #160800 but it's not, although
it's related. The problem here is that alternate languages are actually *not*
completely installed. This is not about how involved it is to install them.

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Comment 1 Dimitri Papadopoulos 2005-06-17 09:17:59 EDT
Created attachment 115607 [details]
screenshot of system-config-language
Comment 2 Dimitri Papadopoulos 2005-06-17 09:24:46 EDT
Actually it is a duplicate, I should have read bug #160800 more in detail.

Still, bug #160800 is about two distinct issues:
1) It's not easy to install additional languages.
2) Once these additional languages are installed, they cannot be used as the
system default language and system-config-language is actually useless.

The first issue is a usability issue.
The second issue is a real bug that requires hacking files in /etc/sysconfig to
work around.

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 160800 ***
Comment 3 Dimitri Papadopoulos 2005-06-28 09:20:45 EDT
Since 160800 has been wrongly closed, I'm reopening this one.
Comment 4 Chris Lumens 2005-06-29 10:39:22 EDT
Fixed in Rawhide again.  We don't need to write out a SUPPORTED line in
/etc/sysconfig/i18n since there are cases we can't write it out correctly and
s-c-languages will do just fine without it.

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