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Localize Debian Terminal to German (de_DE)

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1. Check that you have the locales package installed

dpkg -l locales

2. If not, install it

apt-get install locales

3. As root, type

dpkg-reconfigure locales
you can navigate that list with the up/down arrow keys, for example choose en_US-UTF-8

4. Edit your .bashrc by adding the following lines:

export LC_ALL=de_DE.UTF-8
export LANG=de_DE.UTF-8
export LANGUAGE=de_DE.UTF-8

5. Run the locale command
6. Add compatiblity (keyboard cursor) to VI

set nocompatible
set showmode

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