[Users] silly question (solved)

Michael codejodler at gmx.ch
Wed Jan 27 23:13:59 CET 2016

thx Ralf.

Here is the analysis, go figure...

Both /usr/share/locale/de/LC_MESSAGES/ and /usr/share/locale/de_DE/LC_MESSAGES/ are plain empty.

Listing the installed packages by 'dpkg -L claws-mail-i18n' shows German should be there, as 


and a locale-gen run does not complain either:

/ r: locale-gen
Generating locales (this might take a while)...
  de_DE.ISO-8859-15 at euro... done
  de_DE.ISO-8859-1... done
  de_DE.UTF-8... done
Generation complete.

and then i remembered, i'm using the 'localepurge' package installer hook, which purges unnecessary locales. But the config file  
/etc/locale.nopurge contains:

de_DE at euro

and i was always expecting it to work. (Though i could not notice bugs because i'm running anything in EN anyway.)

But when i deinstalled localepurge and reinstalled claws-mail-i18n i suddenly got back the file


but running 'LANG=de_DE claws-mail' still did not show a German UI.

I had to make it 'LANGUAGE=de_DE claws-mail' and this is the single only combination that works !

Trying to find out why localepurge deletes the claws .mo file, i exchanged its config file by exactly the content of /etc/locale.gen

de_DE at euro ISO-8859-15
de_DE ISO-8859-1
de_DE.UTF-8 UTF-8

but that didn't make any difference, it still deletes the claws .mo file.

It turns out that localepurge leaves claws-mail.mo alone only if i configre a simple "de" as locale in /etc/locale.nopurge.

I've got no idea how to interpret this, but anyway, my question got answered and the problem is solved :)

thx for your advice.

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