To change the default language in the bash console (shell, terminal, command line – whatever you want to call it), go to your user home (e.g. /home/username/) edit or make a .bash_profile, and add this line to it:

export LANG=en

For some bizarre reason, our new dedicated server from 1and1 defaults to German feedback, which is really handy when you’re trying to work on the shell!

Update – 2007-02-27: If you have a 1and1 server stuck in German, this solution above doesn’t work properly (it breaks some stuff). I’ve written up a much more elegant solution which does actually work (thanks to Scott from ART).

Written by Phil Wiffen

Phil is an IT Professional working in Cambridge, England. He generally blogs about useful solutions that he comes across in his work/play.

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