[Grml] switching to german language

Michael Prokop mika at grml.org
Mon Oct 13 18:48:43 CEST 2008

* Dietmar Segbert <didi.segbert at arcor.de> [20081011 18:09]:

> i need your help. I want to switch to german messages, but i become only  
> english meassages.

> I have change the keyboard and language with the grml-setlang script and  
> the boot option lang=de. I have the german keyboard layout for use, but no  
> german messages.

First of all: please *always* mention which grml version you are
talking about. Are we talking about grml 1.1? In live mode or as
harddisk installation?

And which locales do you mean? Do you mean something like:

% LC_ALL=de_DE ls asd
ls: Zugriff auf asd nicht möglich: Datei oder Verzeichnis nicht gefunden

? If so, you need /usr/share/locale/de/LC_MESSAGES/coreutils.mo when
we are talking about coreutils (bringing commands like 'ls').

> In the locale.nopurge file i have added the lines "de_DE*" and "de" and  
> done some aptitude safe-upgrade.

Well, /etc/locale.nopurge is relevant for localepurge which is
executed during package installations and grml doesn't provide any
locales inside /usr/share/locale/de/LC_MESSAGES when shipping (due
to space reasons¹).

Though this doesn't affect locales for example like of the editor
Vim, which has it's stuff residing inside
/usr/share/vim/vim*/lang/de/LC_MESSAGES/vim.mo - so if you start vim
you might see german locales, right?

AFAIK you can either just wait for package updates when localepurge
is being re-executed and due to your settings for 'de' in
/etc/locale.nopurge the newly installed files won't be ripped of any
further - or as an alterantive you reinstall all the already
installed packages on your system.

¹ Though we should check out how much space we really win nowadays
ripping of /usr/share/locale/de.

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