[Adduser-devel] Bug#345639: adduser: [INTL:de] prompt does not match expected response

Claudio Nieder private at claudio.ch
Sat Jan 7 13:52:43 UTC 2006


> hydra:~# locale | grep LANG
> LANG=de_DE at euro

I see your settings differ from mine:

$ locale | grep LANG
$ env | grep -e LC -e LANG

It seems like adduser soemtimes uses LANGUAGE and sometimes LANG to determine 
the language.

# LANG=de_CH.UTF-8 adduser test
Lege Benutzer test an...
Adding new group `test' (1010).
Adding new user `test' (1010) with group `test'.
Homeverzeichnis /home/test existiert bereits. Kopiere keine Dateien 
aus /etc/skel
Enter new UNIX password:
Retype new UNIX password:
passwd: Kennwort erfolgreich geändert
Ändere Benutzerinformationen für test
Geben Sie einen neuen Wert an oder ENTER für den Standardwert
        Name []: abc
        Raum []:
        Telefon geschäftlich []:
        Telefon privat []:
        Sonstiges []:
Sind die Informationen korrekt? [j/N] j

For how I ended up with my combination of LANUAGE and LANG I can only guess:

In /var/cache/debconf/config.dat I see

 Name: debian-installer/language
 Template: debian-installer/language
 Value: de_CH:de_DE:de:en_GB:en
 Owners: d-i, unknown

Thus the LANGUAGE setting came probably from when I first installed debian.

The LANG in /etc/environment - I just verified by doing a dpkg-reconfigure 
locales - gets set when locales is configured.

So I must have at some time decided to have en_GB as default locale and done 
it through a dpkg-reconfigure locales, without remembering that there is more 
to change.

Is this a stupid user (that would be me) problem?

Is it a debian-installer problem as it sets an environment variable which is 
is only partially supported? 

Is it a locales problem, as it does not care about LANGUAGE? 

Is it an adduser problem as it uses different methods to figure out the 
language to use?

Please advise me, if I should open bug reports against debian-installer or 

If you think it is the "stupid user" problem, please tell me which section of 
which guide/how-to/man-page I missed to read. I never mind being called 
stupid if one helps me learn and improve! 

Claudio Nieder, Kanalweg 1, CH-8610 Uster, Tel +41 79 357 6743
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