[Bug 550222] [NEW] Firefox interface language set to LANG, ignores LANGUAGE

Jeroen Hoek mail at jeroenhoek.nl
Sun Mar 28 12:22:34 UTC 2010


Public bug reported:

Binary package hint: firefox

Firefox appears to misinterpret the locale environment variables set by
the Language Support tool. It uses LANG instead of LANGUAGE.

Use case:
I am a software engineer, so I prefer to have my user interface language set to English ("en_GB" if possible, fall back to "en"). I'm Dutch and live in the Netherlands, so all measurements, paper sizes, and currency localization are set to "nl_NL". This works for all GTK+ applications as expected. Firefox however sets its interface language to Dutch instead of English.

As far as I can tell, the Language Support tool in Lucid Lynx sets
LANGUAGE and LANG:

LANG=nl_NL.utf8
LANGUAGE=en_GB:en

This seems to be a bug in Firefox.

Possibly related bugs:
#539761 (LC_MESSAGES misinterpreted)

** Affects: firefox (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New

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Firefox interface language set to LANG, ignores LANGUAGE
https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/550222
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