Fixing the locale issue in a clean DigitalOcean droplet

I’ve read numerous posts about people having problems with the default locale on a clean Digital Ocean droplet with Ubuntu. This manifests in getting errors like:

bash: warning: setlocale: LC_ALL: cannot change locale (en_US)

There is a quick fix, which is just running

locale-gen en_US

But. Can’t this be fixed in the default Ubuntu image? Apparently en_US is installed as the default locale, but the locale files aren’t generated. Am I thinking too simple? Are there any reasons why this can’t be included in the default image?


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this works for me: <br> <br>edit the file <br>/etc/environment <br> <br>add one line with your LANG, like this <br> <br>LC_ALL=“en_US.UTF-8” <br> <br>save and reboot <br> <br>

Are you sure running the following commands doesn’t fix it? <br><pre>sudo locale-gen en_US.UTF-8 <br>sudo dpkg-reconfigure locales</pre>

export LANGUAGE=en_US.UTF-8
export LC_ALL=en_US.UTF-8

Then run

sudo update-locale

Now run


you shouldn’t see any errors.

For a permanent solution, Add the above export commands inside ~/.profile