Languages always shown with English names

Bug #1786881 reported by Robert Ancell on 2018-08-14
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Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gnome-control-center (Ubuntu)
Medium
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Bug Description

[Impact]
Selecting a language from Settings always shows the names in English (e.g. German) instead of the name in the native language (e.g. Deutsch).

[Test Case]
1. Open Settings
2. Go to "Region & Language" panel
3. Click on "Language"

Expected result:
A list of languages is available, using the native language for each item, e.g. "English, Deutsch, ..."

Observed result:
A list of languages is available, using the English translations for each item, e.g. "English, German, ..."

Changed in gnome-control-center (Ubuntu):
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Medium
summary: - Languages always shown with english names
+ Languages always shown with English names
Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj) wrote :

Patch attached to bug #1786880 fixes this too.

Changed in gnome-control-center (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj)
status: Triaged → In Progress
Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj) wrote :

Or maybe not... The language names are shown using the effective session language, which has been the case for a long time AFAIK. Not sure that using the native language would be an improvement.

Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj) wrote :

@Robert: Probably this is not fixed at all.

But do we want language names be displayed using the native language? Does upstream do so?

Changed in gnome-control-center (Ubuntu):
assignee: Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj) → nobody
status: In Progress → Triaged
Robert Ancell (robert-ancell) wrote :

This appears to be due to libc using the LANGUAGE environment variable over the value set in setlocale ().

Robert Ancell (robert-ancell) wrote :

The design [1] is that they should show in the native language. That is what I've seen on other systems too (e.g. Android). It makes sense to me - if I only speak Mandarin then there's no reason why I would recognise the english word for that.

[1] https://wiki.gnome.org/Design/SystemSettings/RegionAndLanguage

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