[GRASS-dev] locale problem solved - but have suggestion

Michael Barton Michael.Barton at asu.edu
Wed Aug 8 06:45:36 PDT 2012

Thanks Masris,

I will try again today. 


On Aug 8, 2012, at 5:00 AM, Maris Nartiss wrote:

> Hello Michael,
> patch now is obsolete as changes are already in trunk.
> I added English to the list of languages, as it was missing because of
> my error. We don't ship GRASS with English translations ;)
> While writing this mail, I realized, that current approach works on my
> system but might not work on other systems. I changed setting of
> language to setting up all environmental variables to selected
> language except LC_NUMERIC, to avoid problems with sloppy code that
> might expect "." as a decimal separator. I know, such code should be
> fixed in the first place, still it's might be not so easy to do.
> Still using LC_ALL instead of just LC_MESSAGES is a bit worth of
> discussion, I would like to hear arguments against it.
> I also changed logic a bit - if system doesn't support locale, we set
> LANG anyway in a hope, that at least GRASS UI part will be in user's
> selected locale.
> Tested and it works just fine on MS-Windows.
> On Linux there's an error message "unable to set locale blahblah",
> still UI seems to work just fine.
> To remove this annoying error message when launching any wx window, is
> necessary to add following line after every "import wx" line:
> wx.LogGui.EnableLogging(False)
> If there will be no other objections on current language switching
> logic, it could be done by find/replace.
> Michael, please, update trunk to r52597 and test again.
> If language switching doesn't work for You for some strange reason,
> here are checks to perform:
> Launch GRASS and change language to YOURLANG. Save. Close GRASS.
> In text editor, open file .grass7/rc The first line of file now should
> Start GRASS and observe any error messages during startup ("Failed to
> set LC_MESSAGES to YOURLANG..."). Be ware - if Your selected language
> isn't supported on Your system by Python, it will print an error as a
> first textual output of GRASS. In such case, GRASS fails back to
> system default language - as if nothing had been set in GUI
> preferences.
> In terminal window run "locale" command and check following variables:
> In terminal window run "locale -a" command and check if it lists YOURLANG
> In Python console run:
> import locale
> locale.setlocale(locale.LC_MESSAGES, 'YOURLANG')
> Sorry for being a bit messy, still I started to write this mail at 8am
> and now is 3pm and all the time I was playing around to figure out
> best way how to make it in the best way...
> Maris.
> 2012/8/7 Michael Barton <Michael.Barton at asu.edu>:
>> OK. I just compiled GRASS 7 with-nls and tried the new language patch.
>> It makes no difference. Nothing changes when I switch from System to es.
>> Everything stays in English. Given Glynn's post last week, I think that we
>> need to try a different approach of GRASS changing the system language
>> setting for the given session. Then have Python read that system setting.
>> This is an important feature to have in GRASS, given its wide international
>> use. But we need it to work on all systems.
>> BTW, I did not see English in the list of languages to select. Odd.
>> Michael
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