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I'm running Fedora 14, and I'm taking French is school so I decided to set my system to French to see how it was.

I edited /etc/sysconfig/i18n, and changed en_US to fr_FR. Then, I rebooted, and it switched to french.

I decided that I didn't know enough French to function, so I edited i18n again, and I rebooted. But it was still in French. Then this happened:

[Leo@chessman ~]$ cd /etc/sysconfig
[Leo@chessman sysconfig]$ su
Mot de passe : 
[root@chessman sysconfig]# cat i18n
[root@chessman sysconfig]# 

Notice that after I typed in su, it said "mot de passe," which is French, even though it says LANG="en_US.UTF-8".

How can I change this back to English?

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I had the same problem and in my case the culprit was /etc/profile which had three export lines at the end (automatically added by a stupid hosting provider during server install).

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Everything is set in /etc/profile.d/ in Fedora and Red Hat based systems. See your $HOME/.i18n directory first.

If it does not help you can override this behavior in the /etc/profile.d/ file itself - put

export LANG=C


There is also one more trick. Ssh client is configured to send locale environment variables by default. Try this:

LC_ALL=C ssh server

If it helps, edit your /etc/ssh/ssh_config (on the client side) or /etc/ssh/sshd_config (on the server side).

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Adding one more trick! – lzap Nov 24 '11 at 10:11

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