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Debian 8 DO Locale Issues Fix

Debian 8 DO Locale Issues Fix

Problem

"Locale problems" in both the 32-bit & 64-bit versions of Debian 8 droplets

Create a new Debian 8 droplet and login as root:

$ locale

Output:

locale: Cannot set LC_CTYPE to default locale: No such file or directory
locale: Cannot set LC_MESSAGES to default locale: No such file or directory
locale: Cannot set LC_ALL to default locale: No such file or directory
LANG=en_US.UTF-8
LANGUAGE=
LC_CTYPE="en_US.UTF-8"
LC_NUMERIC="en_US.UTF-8"
LC_TIME="en_US.UTF-8"
LC_COLLATE="en_US.UTF-8"
LC_MONETARY="en_US.UTF-8"
LC_MESSAGES="en_US.UTF-8"
LC_PAPER="en_US.UTF-8"
LC_NAME="en_US.UTF-8"
LC_ADDRESS="en_US.UTF-8"
LC_TELEPHONE="en_US.UTF-8"
LC_MEASUREMENT="en_US.UTF-8"
LC_IDENTIFICATION="en_US.UTF-8"
LC_ALL=

Upon creating a new user with useradd :

perl: warning: Setting locale failed.
perl: warning: Please check that your locale settings:
	LANGUAGE = (unset),
	LC_ALL = (unset),
	LANG = "en_US.UTF-8"
    are supported and installed on your system.
perl: warning: Falling back to the standard locale ("C").

Upon ssh login with newly added user:

_____________________________________________________________________
WARNING! Your environment specifies an invalid locale.
 This can affect your user experience significantly, including the
 ability to manage packages. You may install the locales by running:

   sudo apt-get install language-pack-en
     or
   sudo locale-gen en_US.UTF-8

To see all available language packs, run:
   apt-cache search "^language-pack-[a-z][a-z]$"
To disable this message for all users, run:
   sudo touch /var/lib/cloud/instance/locale-check.skip
_____________________________________________________________________

Note: apt-get install language-pack-en gives a package not found error (as root again).

Fix

As root :

$ locale-gen en_US.UTF-8
$ dpkg-reconfigure locales
  • Toggled en_US.UTF-8 UTF-8 in the configuration process with SPACE.
  • Then ENTER on the en_US.UTF-8 option within the next screen.
$ vi /etc/environment

Added these two lines to said file:

LANGUAGE="en_US.UTF-8"
LC_ALL="en_US.UTF-8"
$ reboot now

Login again:

$ locale

Everything with locales seems fixed when logging in with users or runninglocale again now.

Also sudo is not installed in this Debian 8 build, is this intentional? or part of Jessie by default now?

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5car1z commented Jun 12, 2016

Fixed in later updated droplet OS images by DO! ^_^

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damian87x commented Feb 15, 2018

fixed, thanks

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normancarcamo commented Aug 18, 2018

Thanks!

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