Re: The environment variable $LANGUAGE
> 2. People would say "then don't install in English, install in
> Chinese"! But the problem is that d-i doesn't install a
I'd rather say that using an install in English for later use a
Chinese system is very likely to require manual intervention such as
the one you describe.
This is mor eor less expected behaviour.
> framebuffer-enabled terminal (like jfbterm used in 1st stage) for
> Chinese install. So the user will get garbled characters in the 2nd
> stage of installation (the part running base-config), so most Chinese
> users choose to install in English instead.
*That* is not true. 2nd stage runs fine with CJK languages because base-config
is run under jfbterm. If it does not run fine, this is a bug.
However, the end system will display garbage *later*, if localized in
CJK languages (or Arabic, Hebrew...) because jfbterm cannot be run as
a login program. There's a discussion about this in localechooser bug
log and no real possible solution.