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I couldn't find that anywhere so I'm wondering am I the only one hitting such issue.

By default ssh on Red Hat and Debian at least has a ssh_config with SendEnv option passing LC* and LANG variables in the remote session. If one is not root to change /etc/ssh/ssh_config, how can he disable that behavior? SendEnv option seems to be accumulating and I can't see any way to reset it.

And to avoid being asked, I need to avoid passing my locale to test machines to avoid side effects on scripts and programs that rely on locale being the default for the machine.

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This is not an answer to your question, but can you solve your problem by invoking the scripts and programs on your test machines through env or with a wrapper script? –  Scott Oct 9 '12 at 20:57
yeah, workarounds are possible but inconvenient –  akostadinov Oct 10 '12 at 7:34

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You're not the only one. As documented in ssh_config(5) you can't unset SendEnv, because

Multiple environment variables may be [...] spread across multiple SendEnv directives.

If you have root on the test machines you could change AcceptEnv to not accept variables sent by the client, though.

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crap, I see only -F on command line can help but it's too inconvenient to really use. See bugzilla.mindrot.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1285 –  akostadinov Oct 10 '12 at 7:30

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