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Why do I get the following error when doing this in python:

>>> import locale

>>> print str( locale.getlocale() )

(None, None)

>>> locale.setlocale(locale.LC_ALL, 'de_DE')

Traceback (most recent call last):

  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>

  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/locale.py", line 531, in setlocale

    return _setlocale(category, locale)

locale.Error: unsupported locale setting

This works with other locales like fr or nl as well. I'm using Ubuntu 11.04.

Update: Doing the following did not yield anything:

dpkg-reconfigure locales

perl: warning: Setting locale failed.

perl: warning: Please check that your locale settings:

    LANGUAGE = (unset),

    LC_ALL = (unset),

    LC_CTYPE = "UTF-8",

    LANG = (unset)

    are supported and installed on your system.

perl: warning: Falling back to the standard locale ("C").

locale: Cannot set LC_CTYPE to default locale: No such file or directory

locale: Cannot set LC_ALL to default locale: No such file or directory

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Run following commands

export LC_ALL="en_US.UTF-8"

export LC_CTYPE="en_US.UTF-8"

sudo dpkg-reconfigure locales

It will solve this.

Make sure to match the .UTF-8 part to the actual syntax found in the output of locale -a e.g. .utf8 on some systems.

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