Warning: No support for locale: en_US.utf8 – A Linux Mint Annoyance

Linux Mint - locale I do all of my Linux Mint updates from a sudo su terminal command line. This locale error appears enough times when I do a “dist-upgrade” to be annoying. Today, I searched using Google and found the fix I used even though it referenced an earlier version of Linux Mint.

From what I gather, more than a few people have asked for a permanent fix. The developers of Linux Mint are either ignoring them or consider is so minor of an annoyance that they won’t fix it. I’m using Linux Mint 18. If it’s still an annoyance in future versions, it means they won’t fix it… ever.

The Locale Fix is an Easy Fix

In the past, I’ve had to fix a few of my own mistakes and they were anything but easy. This one is easy to do from the command line:

locale-gen --purge --no-archive

or

sudo locale-gen --purge --no-archive

The directory at /usr/lib/locale/ changed (for me) from:

C.UTF-8
locale-archive

to

C.UTF-8
en_AG
en_AU.utf8
en_BW.utf8
en_CA.utf8
en_DK.utf8
en_GB.utf8
en_HK.utf8
en_IE.utf8
en_IN
en_NG
en_NZ.utf8
en_PH.utf8
en_SG.utf8
en_US.utf8
en_ZA.utf8
en_ZM
en_ZW.utf8

I’m only concerned about “en_PH.utf8” and “en_US.ut8” because I sometimes switch from one locale to the other (while testing PHP scripts), but it doesn’t hurt to have the rest in there since the files are only 4K each.

Other Annoyances

Most Linux Mint users use the visual software updater. I prefer not to unless I’m updating the kernel or removing old kernel versions. The software updater seems (to me) to be a bit slower than doing it from the command line. I usually have a terminal session going all the time.

I’ve fixed other minor annoyances in the past but I never thought to share them this way. I’m sorry for that. If I come across any more in the future, I’ll make it a point to share them.

Image Attribution: By merlwiz79 [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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