A one line definition of locales is as follows: locales in Ubuntu provide information on characters sets that can be used for different languages or configurations.

Locales are often used in packages you may want to import into your system such as Cartridge for Django.

To install locales on your ubuntu system:

apt-get install language-pack-en-base

Then you will need to run the reconfigure command:

dpkg-reconfigure locales

Sometimes the defaults might not be enough and you may wish to add more, such as en_AU and en_AU.UTF-8. This post wont cover which locales are available.

sudo locale-gen en_AU en_AU.UTF-8
dpkg-reconfigure locales

You should be then ready to move forward with your life and your project!

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