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Changing locale without affecting menus and dialog boxes

Postby Gelicider on Thu Jan 02, 2014 12:35 am

I am trying to run a software that uses non-unicode (specifically Japanese). So in order to run it, I changed my system locale to Japanese, but it seems to change the language of menus and dialog boxes for Linux Mint.

I am not particularly great at that language and I only need to use the software, so how can I change the locale without affecting menus?

I remembered that you can do this in Windows (http://windows.microsoft.com/is-is/wind ... =windows-7), can you also do this on Linux Mint 15?
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Re: Changing locale without affecting menus and dialog boxes

Postby Gelicider on Sun Jan 05, 2014 3:56 am

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Re: Changing locale without affecting menus and dialog boxes

Postby Tejas_0 on Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:46 pm

Assuming you can copy and paste the menus, you'll just have to temporise and use Google Translate, which actually doesn't do a bad job here. :|
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Re: Changing locale without affecting menus and dialog boxes

Postby Tejas_0 on Thu Jan 09, 2014 8:29 am

P.S. Had another thought. Live dangerously and uninstall translation_jp package, or whichever package required to make the Japanese translation. No idea if system will insist on having it or default to English. :?
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Re: Changing locale without affecting menus and dialog boxes

Postby Gelicider on Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:47 am

That sounds really risky
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Re: Changing locale without affecting menus and dialog boxes

Postby Tejas_0 on Wed Jan 15, 2014 8:22 am

Gelicider wrote:That sounds really risky
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Re: Changing locale without affecting menus and dialog boxes

Postby hiroaki on Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:31 am

Set back the system locale to English.
Then edit the menu of that Japanese softwere as follows.
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Right click the main memu.
Select "Edit Menu".
Find out that Japanese software.
Right click that softwere.
Select "Properties".

Then, like following dialog comes up.
Screenshot-Launcher Properties.png

Edit the "Command" as follows.
Before
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japanese_software

After (assuming the locale of that non utf-8 software is ja_JP.EUC-JP)
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LANG=ja_JP.EUC-JP japanese_software


That should be OK.
Everything is English except that target software.
But menus and dialogs of that software itself are Japanese, of course.
Please mark the topic as [SOLVED] when the problem is solved.
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