The locale settings in Linux systems help ensure that information like dates and times are displayed in a format that makes sense in the context of where you live and what language you speak. Here’s how to use them.
NOTE: None of the commands described in this post will change your locale settings. Some merely use a different locale setting to display the response you might be seeing from a different location.
List your settings
If you’re in the US, you should see something like this when you use the locale command to list your settings:
The en_US.UTF-8 settings in the above output all represent US English. If you’re in France, this response is more likely:
Source:: Network World – Linux