locale.conf - Configuration file for locale settings
The /etc/locale.conf file configures system-wide locale settings. It is read at
early boot by systemd(1)
The basic file format of locale.conf is a newline-separated list of
environment-like shell-compatible variable assignments. It is possible to
source the configuration from shell scripts, however, beyond mere variable
assignments, no shell features are supported, allowing applications to read
the file without implementing a shell compatible execution engine.
Note that the kernel command line options locale.LANG=
may be used to
override the locale settings at boot.
The locale settings configured in /etc/locale.conf are system-wide and are
inherited by every service or user, unless overridden or unset by individual
programs or individual users.
Depending on the operating system, other configuration files might be checked
for locale configuration as well, however only as fallback.
/etc/locale.conf is usually created and updated using
may be used to alter
the settings in this file during runtime from the command line. Use
to initialize them on mounted (but not booted)
The following locale settings may be set using /etc/locale.conf: LANG=
. Note that LC_ALL
not be configured in this file. For details about the meaning and semantics of
these settings, refer to locale(7)
Example 1. German locale with English messages