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February 19, 2010 at 11:16 pm

If you develop some kind of multi-language software you will probably make use of something like setlocale in PHP. Now to get your l10n/i18n solution to work on a Debian server you have to install the required locale.

locale -a will show you which locale are installed on your system.

This will output something like this:


To add another locale now, edit /etc/locale.gen and uncomment the locale you need.

I.e. de_DE.utf8 for a German Locale uncomment.

After that run locale-gen as root to activate the new locale system-wide.

Don’t forget to restart your webserver daemon after the change if you want your web application to make use of the freshly activated locale.

February 5, 2010 at 1:22 pm

This post is intended to be a memo for myself on the basics of the linux tool screen, which allows to have several terminal screens opened simultaneously. This comes in very handy when working on a remove server over ssh.

Starts a new screen session with session_name:

screen -S session_name

Detach the current screen session (while being in it):

Cmd + a -> d

List all screen sockets:

screen -ls

Bring a screen session back:

screen -r session_name