Today, during an upgrade of my workstation's 10.10, I noticed that a lot of unneeded EN locales were being generated, and I wanted to get rid of them. Coming from a debian background, I confidently ran
dpkg-reconfigure locales, but instead of getting the usual interface I got
root@brabham:~# dpkg-reconfigure --priority=low locales Generating locales... en_AG.UTF-8... up-to-date en_AU.UTF-8... up-to-date en_BW.UTF-8... up-to-date en_CA.UTF-8... up-to-date en_DK.UTF-8... up-to-date en_GB.UTF-8... up-to-date en_HK.UTF-8... up-to-date en_IE.UTF-8... up-to-date en_IN.UTF-8... up-to-date en_NG.UTF-8... up-to-date en_NZ.UTF-8... up-to-date en_PH.UTF-8... up-to-date en_SG.UTF-8... up-to-date en_US.UTF-8... up-to-date en_ZA.UTF-8... up-to-date en_ZW.UTF-8... up-to-date it_CH.UTF-8... up-to-date it_IT.UTF-8... up-to-date Generation complete.
Odd, isn't it? Well, it turns out that, in order to get rid of the locales you don't want, you have to manually change the files in
/var/lib/locales/supported.d. Oh, dear…
OK, Canonical claims to create "Linux for the human beings". I partially agree with that. But I would like to know how removing the ncurses interface to locales could possibly make the system simpler. I mean: "common" users just won't care if they have 100 locales instead of 10, so it doesn't matter for them. We "advanced users" can edit plan text files, for sure, but is that a good reason to remove a convenient interface from the system?
Ubuntu really puzzles me sometimes…