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The locale cookbook has been deprecated

Author provided reason for deprecation:

The locale cookbook has been deprecated and is no longer being maintained by its authors. Use of the locale cookbook is no longer recommended.


locale (7) Versions 2.0.1

Configures the system locale on Linux systems

cookbook 'locale', '= 2.0.1', :supermarket
cookbook 'locale', '= 2.0.1'
knife supermarket install locale
knife supermarket download locale
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locale cookbook

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Sets the default system locale for this system. You can see which locales are available by running locale -a.

On Debian based systems, this recipe sets the locale by running update-locale and on Fedora, it uses localectl.

On RHEL based systems, the recipe operates on the /etc/sysconfig/i18n file directly because there is no standard command line tool to change the system locale settings.



  • Debian/Ubuntu
  • RHEL or derivatives
  • Fedora


  • Chef 12.1+


  • none


  • node['locale']['lang'] -- the value for "LANG": defaults to "en_US.utf8"
  • node['locale']['lc_all'] -- the value for "LC_ALL": defaults to "en_US.utf8"

Note that you cannot set "LC_ALL" on Fedora. It is a documented limitation; see "man 5 locale.conf". So this recipe simply ignores LC_ALL for Fedora.


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Author: Cookbook Engineering Team (

Copyright: 2016, Chef Software, Inc.

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
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locale Cookbook CHANGELOG

This file is used to list changes made in each version of the locale cookbook.

2.0.1 (2017-03-20)

  • Fix the version badge in the readme
  • Testing updates to check for Chef 13 compat
  • Test with Local Delivery and not Rake
  • Add a basic chefspec testing

2.0.0 (2016-09-09)

  • Require Chef 12.1
  • Add linting, unit and integration testing in Travis CI
  • Add contributing and testing docs
  • Add license file
  • Add maintainers files
  • Add oracle to the metadata
  • Update the readme with an expanded requirements section and license information
  • Don't both installing locales since the cookbook will never to to the package resource if locales isn't already installed

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