Activating Unicode/UTF-8 Support and Changing Default Locale Language in Slackware
For a list of locales which are supported by your Slackware box, type:
$ locale -a
If you have full installation of Slackware, all languages will be listed.
To get UTF-8 support, edit lang.sh file as root by:
# nano /etc/profile.d/lang.sh
Comment default locale and add uncommented line exportLANG=en_US.UTF-8
to lang.sh file as in below.
#!/bin/sh # Set the system locale. (no, we don't have a menu for this ;-) # For a list of locales which are supported by this machine, type: # locale -a
# en_US is the Slackware default locale: # export LANG=en_US
# 'C' is the old Slackware (and UNIX) default, which is 127-bit # ASCII with a charmap setting of ANSI_X3.4-1968. These days, # it's better to use en_US or another modern $LANG setting to # support extended character sets. #export LANG=C
# There is also support for UTF-8 locales, but be aware that # some programs are not yet able to handle UTF-8 and will fail to # run properly. In those cases, you can set LANG=C before # starting them. Still, I'd avoid UTF unless you actually need it. #export LANG=en_US.UTF-8
# Another option for en_US: #export LANG=en_US.ISO8859-1
# One side effect of the newer locales is that the sort order # is no longer according to ASCII values, so the sort order will # change in many places. Since this isn't usually expected and # can break scripts, we'll stick with traditional ASCII sorting. # If you'd prefer the sort algorithm that goes with your $LANG # setting, comment this out. exportLC_COLLATE=C
# End of /etc/profile.d/lang.sh
After modifying lang.sh file, save it and reboot your computer.
To change your computer's locale language, replace "en_US" with your locale code "tr_TR, en_GB, en_CA, etc..." in lang.sh file and save, then reboot your computer.