[SOLVED] Multi language use in Fluxbox

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[SOLVED] Multi language use in Fluxbox

Postby buayadarat on Thu May 06, 2010 5:12 am

I have installed two different languages and now I want that I can choose on the startup screen which one to use. How can I do that?

I have done that under Xubuntu before, and there I have got that choice without doing anything after installing the second language. I hope this is possible under Mint Fluxbox as well.

Thank you for your help
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Re: Multi language use in Fluxbox

Postby shane on Thu May 06, 2010 6:01 am

The Fluxbox edition uses Slim as the display manager / login screen. It is very lightweight but it does not provide that many features. To be able to choose the language at login, use GDM as the display manager.

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sudo apt-get install gdm


It should tell you that you can only use one display manager and ask you to choose. Select GDM. Note that it might be a decent sized download depending on what else you have installed.
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Re: Multi language use in Fluxbox

Postby buayadarat on Thu May 06, 2010 7:16 am

Thank you, install was easy and quick. Now I can choose German at login, but everything stays in English... :(
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Re: Multi language use in Fluxbox

Postby shane on Thu May 06, 2010 8:02 am

what is the output when you run

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echo $LANG


You have to regenerate the Fluxbox menu to get a German translated one (where translations are available). That's just the way Fluxbox is... the menu is stored in more or less static files. I am not sure about other applications... It might have something to do with the lxde session... I am not sure. I will have to look it up.
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Re: Multi language use in Fluxbox

Postby buayadarat on Thu May 06, 2010 10:08 am

The answer is:
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en_US.UTF-8


It seems the german files have not really reached their place as I wished. But it's not that important. Thank you.
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Re: Multi language use in Fluxbox

Postby shane on Thu May 06, 2010 10:31 am

This is how I did it.

1. Install GDM and and configure it as the default display manager.
2. Open language tools from the System menu, install the required language packs and select the language as default.
3. Reboot and select the preferred language at login.
4. Toggle menu icons to regenerate the Fluxbox menu.
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Re: Multi language use in Fluxbox

Postby buayadarat on Thu May 06, 2010 11:03 am

It still stays English. Thanks for your help. For the moment I will leave it as it is.
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