Managing locale with Linux and Python20 September 2016
As far as I can remember I have always installed my operating systems to use the english language, maybe because I did not have the luxury of the choice before and it kind of feels more natural now.
Lately I have had to print names (month, days) of the calendar in french using Python, so I dig a little in "locale", which are the set of parameters that configure the language and region settings used by the system.
On Debian to get the list of "locale" installed
To choose which "locale" to make available on the system you can manually edit the file locale.gen by removing the # in front of the line you want activated, followed by the command to generate the modification :
sudo vim /etc/locale.gen locale-gen
Or simply run this configuration command :
sudo dpkg-reconfigure locales
Now that the correct "locale" is installed on the system, it is possible to display a date with the months and days in the desired language :
import locale import datetime.date d = datetime.date.today() locale.setlocale(locale.LC_ALL, 'fr_CH.utf8') d.strftime('%d %B %Y')