On Tue, 29 May 2012 07:22:13 -0700 (PDT)
Giuseppe <giuseppe.rub...@gmail.com> wrote:

> > > strange fact I suddenly find myself in the language of git
> > > japanese I can notunderstand what she says ... 
> > > Perhaps some update of ubuntu, which I did ..? are currently at 
> > > version 11.04! 
> > Please show what the `locale` command prints to you when you run it
> > in the same shell you're using to execute `git status`. 
> mhmhmhm  you have finally found the problem? this is strange?  i
> change it?
Yes, his is the offending setting in your environment which makes Git
use translated message resources for some variant of Chinese.

Fixing the situation is not quite straightforward as it requires
knowing where this environment variable [1] comes from.

The first thing to read and understand is [2].
Follow what's written there and consult the /etc/default/locale file.
If it contains the setting of that LANGUAGE variable, delete it (you
will probably have to reboot to apply this change).

If it doesn't, look for your personal shell initialization files.
The following encantation should find such files if they exist:

$ grep -rw LANGUAGE ~

If this search turns up something fishy, like ~/.bashrc or
~/.bash_profile, edit the offending file, removing the assignment to
that variable. Re-running a shell afterwards and executing `locale` in
it should result in that variable vanished.

If all this fails, try Ubuntu forums, askubuntu.com, superuser.com etc
as this problem has nothing to do with Git in general.

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environment_variable
2. https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Locale

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