Making the locale stick
Setting up a new machine with arch linux and again have problems making my swedish locale stick. Since I have made several random changes I am not entirely sure anymore but it seems like a couple of things are needed.
To make the system believe it is on a swedish keyboard the file
/etc/vconsole.conf needs to have
Note that this is not a locale - rather a keyboard mapping. I tried putting the locale
se-lat6 but it didn’t work
(naturally). This can also be set with
localectl set-keymap --no-convert sv-latin1.
To make X believe that it is on a swedish keyboard the x11-keymap needs to be set. It stays in a file in
00-keyboard.conf. This can be set with the command
localectl set-x11-keymap se.
Also for the locale to behave correctly you need to have the
/etc/locale.conf file set up correctly. I
investigated this due to some problem with my previous setup and don’t exactly remember the why’s here. What I have
LANG="sv_SE.UTF-8" LC_COLLATE="C" LC_MESSAGES="C" LC_NUMERIC="C" LC_TIME="C" LC_MONETARY="C" LC_NAME="C" LC_IDENTIFICATION="C"
If I remember correctly this means that I want swedish locale for input and such but for conversions and localized messages I will rather stay with the default language. (Otherwise databases and whatnot tries to find error messages in swedish and that can be really annoying.)
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