Languages always shown with English names

Bug #1786881 reported by Robert Ancell
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gnome-desktop3 (Ubuntu)
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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
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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
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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.

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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
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Robert Ancell (robert-ancell) wrote :

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

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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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Robert Ancell (robert-ancell) wrote :
Mathew Hodson (mhodson)
tags: added: patch-accepted-upstream
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Simon Quigley (tsimonq2) wrote :

Unsubscribing the sponsors team because there is nothing to sponsor.

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Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj) wrote :

@Robert: I saw that upstream turned down the proposal to unset LANGUAGE for this purpose. Considering that the issue is kind of Ubuntu specific, do you think that it should be done as an Ubuntu patch for now? Or is any of the methods, which are discussed on the merge request document, within reach?

affects: gnome-control-center (Ubuntu) → gnome-desktop3 (Ubuntu)
Changed in gnome-desktop3 (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Confirmed
tags: removed: patch-accepted-upstream
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