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P Bergqvist

Locale trouble with Django 1.4 on MacOSX

Published: maj 12, 2012

Tags: django macosx


I just upgraded one of my Django projects to 1.4, I deleted the test database and made me a new one, but I ran into some trouble. When creating the superuser something went wrong and it all ended with an exception about some locale.


Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/Users/peppe/Envs/snippets/lib/python2.7/", line 428, in _parse_localename
    raise ValueError, 'unknown locale: %s' % localename
ValueError: unknown locale: UTF-8

The way around this is to set your locale to something that makes sense. Following the bug report/guide at [] I just ran:

export LC_CTYPE=sv_SE.UTF-8
export LANG=sv_SE.UTF-8
export LC_ALL=sv_SE.UTF-8

in the terminal, and this should work for you if you're just using the standard terminal in MacOSX.

But, since I'm using FISH as shell I had to change to FISH syntax, so this works for me:

set LC_CTYPE sv_SE.UTF-8
set LANG sv_SE.UTF-8
set LC_ALL sv_SE.UTF-8

To not have to run this code every time in every terminal I suggest you add it to ~/.config/fish/

Happy upgrading!

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