multiple languages in fedora workstation?
coffeekingms at gmail.com
Fri Jul 3 06:27:17 UTC 2015
This may have been covered here before, and if so I apologize for the
mess. I've been getting a couple of blind users who switch over from
windows to fedora, or at least, they say they will. But they speak
multiple languages, and usually want to have gnome shell and apps
displayed in their native language. So I went and attempted to find out
how this is done. Here is what I've found, and it's puzzling. According
to gnome's docs, you simply go into the region and language control
center applet, highlight the language you want to use, and press enter.
If the language isn't in the list you're supposed to find a "..."
button to open a list of languages to pick from. On my fedora install,
there are only two items in the list. English US, and an item that's
silent. Orca says nothing but I think it's that "..." button the docs
were talking about. Instead of taking me to a list, it closes the
language dialog with no effect. I know how locales on the command line
are supposed to work, you've got two files in /etc that control this.
Locale.gen, which controls what languages are available to the system. I
chose german and french, utf8, just to experiment with. Then there's
locale.conf which controls the currently active language. You simply
export a new language into this file and the language is supposed to
change. Example, export lang=en_UK.utf-8 > /etc/locale.conf." Is this
what gnome's language control center item does? I'm hearing a lot about
these "language packs" in gnome's documentation, but no matter how I
search, dnf, software, I can't find one. Anyone got any ideas? After I
added french and german in locale.gen, or rather, uncommented them and
ran locale-gen, the languages immediately showed up in the language
list, but pressing enter on them didn't change the language. I'm hoping
it's something obvious, such as you needing to log out and back in for
the new language to take effect. If not, this is probably a bug in gnome
and I need to report it.
Thanks for reading
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