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In my SSH log

  • /var/log/auth.log

I have the following error message

  • Unable to open env file: /etc/default/locale: No such file or directory

Any suggestions regarding the cause and how to fix it?

Thanks, Udo



  • sudo update-locale

fixes the error in the log.

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up vote 15 down vote accepted

This seems to be a bug in Ubuntu - Bug #155794 on Launchpad covers this and recommends running update-locale. You might have to look up which parameters you want to use with that :)

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