Cannot set language with GDM
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Hi,

I've tried to set my system to use en_GB.UTF-8 as the default locale but unfortunately GDM seems to have its own idea about what the locale should be and sets some variables to en_US.UTF-8 instead. When logging in over SSH, the locale is fine. When logging in through GDM, I get the following:

rah@lichen:~$ env | grep en_ | sort
GDM_LANG=en_US.UTF-8
LANG=en_US.UTF-8
LC_ADDRESS=en_GB.UTF-8
LC_IDENTIFICATION=en_GB.UTF-8
LC_MEASUREMENT=en_GB.UTF-8
LC_MONETARY=en_GB.UTF-8
LC_NAME=en_GB.UTF-8
LC_NUMERIC=en_GB.UTF-8
LC_PAPER=en_GB.UTF-8
LC_TELEPHONE=en_GB.UTF-8
LC_TIME=en_GB.UTF-8
rah@lichen:~$ cat /etc/default/locale
LANG=en_GB.UTF-8
LC_ADDRESS=en_GB.UTF-8
LC_IDENTIFICATION=en_GB.UTF-8
LC_MEASUREMENT=en_GB.UTF-8
LC_MONETARY=en_GB.UTF-8
LC_NAME=en_GB.UTF-8
LC_NUMERIC=en_GB.UTF-8
LC_PAPER=en_GB.UTF-8
LC_TELEPHONE=en_GB.UTF-8
LC_TIME=en_GB.UTF-8
rah@lichen:~$ ls /var/cache/gdm
rah@lichen:~$

I've tried searching the web for possible solutions but couldn't find anything helpful. I've tried to find something I can change in GNOME's settings UI but again, nothing seems helpful.

Under the "Region & Language" section of GNOME Settings, there is a Language option which is set to "English" which I suspect may be the issue. If I click on this to change it, I'm presented with a dialog box containing an entry with the label "English" and a search box. If I put anything into the search box, including "English" or "German", the label changes from "English" to read "No languages found".

rah created this task.Mon, Nov 26, 11:14 AM
rah changed the title from "Cannot set language" to "Cannot set language with GDM".
rah added a comment.EditedMon, Nov 26, 2:11 PM

There is a file, /var/lib/AccountsService/users/rah, that contains the following:

[User]
Language=en_US.UTF-8
XSession=
SystemAccount=false

After removing the "Language=..." line from this file, logging out, killing /usr/lib/accountsservice/accounts-daemon and logging back in again, the locale environment variables are as they should be.

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