Bug 817751 - Config tool only shows one language English(USA)
Config tool only shows one language English(USA)
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: system-config-language (Show other bugs)
x86_64 Linux
unspecified Severity high
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Assigned To: Parag Nemade
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2012-05-01 01:59 EDT by Simon Lewis
Modified: 2014-06-04 01:25 EDT (History)
7 users (show)

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Fixed In Version: system-config-language-1.3.5-19.fc18
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Last Closed: 2013-12-27 12:33:50 EST
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image showing list of languages (39.77 KB, image/png)
2012-05-02 00:19 EDT, Pravin Satpute
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select langauge diaglogue (27.03 KB, image/png)
2012-05-03 14:16 EDT, Simon Lewis
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Screenshot from F20 (18.24 KB, image/png)
2013-12-25 11:41 EST, Miro Hrončok
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Description Simon Lewis 2012-05-01 01:59:56 EDT
How to make config tool to show a list of languages including British English and German?
Comment 1 Pravin Satpute 2012-05-02 00:19:21 EDT
Created attachment 581520 [details]
image showing list of languages

It already showing it. from terminal start system-config-language and it will show the language list.

if still not clear, please give me some more information regarding what exactly required or missing.
Comment 2 Simon Lewis 2012-05-03 14:16:19 EDT
Created attachment 581921 [details]
select langauge diaglogue

Your screenshot is a lot more interesting than mine - see attachment.
Comment 3 Pravin Satpute 2012-05-07 03:05:40 EDT
I need some more information for reproducing this. example of mine testing

- Fedora 17 Beta
- system-config-language-1.3.5-10.fc17.noarch
- using gnome-shell-3.4.1-3.fc17.x86_64
- tested in locale = mr_IN.UTF-8
Comment 4 Simon Lewis 2012-05-07 15:11:48 EDT
- Fedora 16 installed from net-install-iso
- system-config-language-1.3.5-8.fc16.noarch
- gnome-shell is not installed as I am using KDE SC (currently 4.8.2)
- Occasionally I use razor-qt (from their own repo) under kwin
- locale returns:

[simon@spaceloopxl ~]$ locale
[simon@spaceloopxl ~]$ 

- I really would like to have German (de_DE) and British English (en_GB)

Any help you can give would be much appreciated.
Comment 5 Simon Lewis 2012-05-09 06:07:10 EDT
Any ideas?
Comment 6 Pravin Satpute 2012-05-09 09:47:42 EDT
I tried to reproduce on KDE but still no success, 
1) do you get any error msg while running it from terminal?
2) We are loading /usr/share/system-config-language/locale-list file in s-c-l, can you check its content?
Comment 7 Simon Lewis 2012-05-09 15:41:19 EDT
Hi Pravin

Thanks for your response. There are no error messages when running s-c-l from the terminal and the local list is in s-c-l's share directory.

Rather than trying to use the tool, perhaps someone can give me the commands to switch the language from the command line..?

Comment 8 Pravin Satpute 2012-05-09 23:58:21 EDT
A) for changing system language. one need to edit /etc/sysconfig/i18n file

1) take backup of that file
2) edit it 

for German (de_DE)
change LANG="en_US.UTF-8"  to LANG="de_DE.UTF-8"

for British English (en_GB)
change LANG="en_US.UTF-8"  to LANG="en_GB.UTF-8"

and restart machine
Comment 9 Simon Lewis 2012-05-11 13:31:47 EDT
OK, I have changed /etc/sysconfig/i18n to:


and rebooted.

On loading initram error message is:

[sdb] no caching page mode is present

kdm starts in German, and kde4 can now be switched to German with KDE's system-settings dialgoue.

I guess I need to rebuild the initram - is there a way to build initram that is multilanguage capable?
Comment 10 Pravin Satpute 2012-09-13 09:56:01 EDT
did you able to solve this problem?
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Comment 12 Pravin Satpute 2013-01-22 06:14:05 EST
This works well with system-config-language-1.3.5-19.fc18
Comment 13 Parag Nemade 2013-01-31 01:37:29 EST
I am closing this for now. Can reporter please test against new s-c-l package and report a new bug please?

Comment 14 Miro Hrončok 2013-12-25 11:37:41 EST
I can reproduce this in Fedora 20 (updated via FedUp from F17).

$ locale

However, in system-config-language, I can only see English. GDM is also in English only.

Will attach screenshot.
Comment 15 Miro Hrončok 2013-12-25 11:41:13 EST
Created attachment 841561 [details]
Screenshot from F20
Comment 16 Parag Nemade 2013-12-26 00:38:50 EST
you sure you have file /etc/locale.conf?

what is output of file /etc/locale.conf?

what is output of file /etc/sysconfig/i18n?
Comment 17 Miro Hrončok 2013-12-26 07:29:14 EST
(In reply to Parag from comment #16)
> you sure you have file /etc/locale.conf?
No such file.

> what is output of file /etc/sysconfig/i18n?
Comment 18 Parag Nemade 2013-12-26 08:12:27 EST
Then I consider what you are saying is not related to system-config-language its systemd issue that you have no /etc/locale.conf file.

F20 reads root system language from /etc/locale.conf
Comment 19 Miro Hrončok 2013-12-26 08:27:49 EST
Should I create it?

# echo 'LANG="cs_CZ.UTF-8"' > /etc/locale.conf
Comment 20 Parag Nemade 2013-12-26 08:46:07 EST
try, it should work then.
Comment 21 Miro Hrončok 2013-12-26 09:35:14 EST
Creating it fixes the system-config-language problem.

Will check GDM soon.

Comment 22 Miro Hrončok 2013-12-27 12:33:50 EST
Fixes GDM also.

Comment 23 Olivier LAHAYE 2014-06-03 08:59:23 EDT
Had the exact same problem and the worked also for me.

Maybe system-config-language could check that /etc/locale.conf is missing ad issue a warning or create a default one?
Comment 24 Parag Nemade 2014-06-03 09:40:23 EDT
This is still a issue present??

/etc/locale.conf is provided by systemd, so system-config-language should only read this file and if this is not present then its problem on your system. We can think on providing warning...
Comment 25 Simon Lewis 2014-06-04 01:25:48 EDT
(In reply to Parag from comment #24)
> This is still a issue present??

Appears to be fixed, I have a full list of languages in the select language dialogue.

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