Re: [R] Help, my RGui is speaking French!

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Sat 06 Aug 2005 - 00:33:05 EST

On Fri, 5 Aug 2005, Peter Dalgaard wrote:

> "Grathwohl, Dominik, LAUSANNE, NRC-BAS" <> writes:
>> Dear R-helpers,
>> First of all I have nothing against the French language!
>> But now my problem, yesterday I installed R 2.1.1
>> and I had to experience that my RGui is speaking French.
>> My windows locals is French (Switzerland).
>> I'm used to English and I want to reset my RGui to English.
>> I was seeking for the solution in the archives,
>> however not successfully.

Well, did you try the `R Installation and Administration Manual'? That does sound appropriate and it is covered there.

>> By the way the searchable archives via:
>>, Mailing Lists, R-help, web-interface, searchable achieves,
>> did not work:
>> Also I was seeking in the FAQ's
>> and
>> and could not find the solution.
>> I'm sure that lots of people have queried already
>> and that the solution is already written down somewhere.
>> However I cant find it.
>> Could somebody give me a hint?
> Make sure that the environment variable LANGUAGE is set to "en". I
> think the consensus is that putting it into HOME/.Renviron is the most
> practical way.

The rw-FAQ recommends a different way, though.

This is a new topic in the next release of the rw-FAQ (to go with the next release of R) since it has recently been fairly frequently asked. To wit

   I selected English for Installation but R runs in Chinese!

   Precisely, you selected English @strong{for installation}! The language    of the installer has nothing to do with the language used to run R: this    is completely standard Windows practice (and necessary as different    users of the computer may use different languages).

   The language R uses for menus and messages is determined by the    @emph{locale}: please read the appropriate manual (the @emph{R    Installation and Administration Manual}) for the details. You can    ensure that R uses English messages by appending @code{LANGUAGE=en} to    the shortcut you use to start R.

Brian D. Ripley,        
Professor of Applied Statistics,
University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
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