View Full Version : [ubuntu] Change locale & Date formats Misery

January 19th, 2009, 06:27 AM

My system clock shows "Mon Jan 19, 9:19", which is fine because its 24hrs but bad because I dont need the weekday. 09/01/19 would be perfect.

Additionally, Thunderbird shows me this:
Monday, January 19, 2009 09:19 AM
Which is stupid because

its different from the desktop time
its 12hr format
its much much too long

Then, Lotus Notes (8.5 debian, not WINE)
Shows me the following:
01/19/2008 | AM 09:19
Which is also stupid because:

its also 12HR
its slightly different than thundebrird (AM in front instead of behind the time)
its MM/DD/YYYY instead of a prefered YYYY/MM/DD or DD/MM/YYYY at least

How can I unify those? I found out that I have to "change locale". There is a manual at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LocaleConf
but the localeconf package seems to be unavailable since gutsy?

so how do I change the locale? How can I make the applications look even remotely the same?



January 19th, 2009, 01:35 PM
Verify and reconfigure your timezone:

dpkg-reconfigure tzdata

Applications typically have their own syntax and display format.

January 21st, 2009, 02:10 AM
Verify and reconfigure your timezone:

thanks. but this does not change the time format at all - only the time itself.


February 5th, 2009, 12:40 AM
I have a similar problem with Lotus Notes 8.5 debian install. American date format in my calendar is very annoying.

October 12th, 2009, 03:27 AM
I second it, use Lotus Notes 8.5 in Jaunty 9.04, I have similar date format problem. It shows mm/dd/yyyy, and I can't find a way to change it to dd/mm/yyyy.
Anybody out there know how to solve this problem? thank you in advance.

October 15th, 2009, 05:04 AM
ok, I've solved my problem, now my Lotus Notes can display date in format dd/mm/yyyy. What I've done was modifying LC_TIME value to en_GB.
In my understanding, GB (British) date format is dd/mm/yyyy.
1) gksudo gedit /etc/environment
2) add folowing line

Save and reboot.