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Bug#701585: marked as done (general: Can't select other languages)

reassign 701585 locales
# or close

On Dienstag, 26. Februar 2013, Josselin Mouette wrote:
> reassign 701585 general
> thanks
> Le mardi 26 février 2013 à 08:34 +0100, Wouter Verhelst a écrit :
> > No, but the BTS is (to some extent), and there are various tools that
> > suggest the package "general" if you don't know what the exact buggy
> > program is. When doing that, the package ends up on debian-devel.
> > 
> > Since the bug reporter mentioned he tried to use a gnome settings tool
> > to switch languages, but that it didn't work, I'm reassigning this bug
> > to gnome-settings-daemon (at a guess, but that does *seem* to be the
> > most appropriate).
> Thanks for your intervention, but there is nothing that can be done in
> GNOME. The bug is a general design choice in Debian, namely the one to
> not generate all locales but to require a “dpkg-reconfigure locales” to
> add new locales.
If it's a design choice, it's not a bug. If it's bad design, it's a bug.
I'll leave the decision to the locales maintainers.

> > > Btw. "dpkg-reconfigure locales" might help, and look for the
> > > localization packages and tasks via APT/aptititude.
> > 
> > Yes, that might help this particular user; but if there is a tool that
> > claims to be able to do something but isn't, then that is a bug.
> The problem is that nobody will have the idea to run this tool.
> > I can think of several ways to fix it: the tool could display a helpful
> > error message when the user selects a language that isn't enabled in
> > /etc/locale.gen, or it could simply disable all languages not found
> > there (again, with a helpful message for where to look if a wanted
> > language isn't in the list)
> That’s what gnome-control-center does. This is not helpful for the user
> who wants to select another language, though.
> The bug is that we do not install locales-all by default, nor do we
> default to generate all (at least all UTF-8) locales.


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