Localization in Firefox and Thunderbird

Gökşin Akdeniz goksin.akdeniz at gmail.com
Sun Feb 5 09:56:38 UTC 2012

> Any advise on this?

Both Firefox and Thunderbird localization depends on  <lang>.xpi files,
which have to be installed either manually or via localization ports;
for Firefox it is /usr/ports/www/firefox-i18n and Thunderbird
/usr/ports/mail/thunderbird-i18n. These ports rely on
xpi-quick-locale-switcher which is located in
/usr/ports/www/xpi-quick-locale-switcher. By default a couple of
locales are set default and you have to select your native language for
Firefox and add swedish to makefile located
in /usr/ports/mail/thunderbird-i18n in order to run it in your native

For Firefox selecting native language works fine and native language is
included in each port and software upgrades. All you have to do is to
check if Firefox is English and switch to your preferred localae if
necessary and make necessary adjustments with xpi-quick-locale-switcher.

For Thunderbird it works different. Thunderbird localization port works
via a predefined locales which all are hardcoded
in /usr/ports/mail/thunderbird-i18n/Makefile. You have to add your
native locale everytime /usr/ports/mail/thunderbird-i18n port is
upgraded. After ward you can compile, install and run Thunderbird with
your native language.

This process has a caveat also. thunderbird utilezes a reg,istry live
configuration which requires to be updated in order to run with your
native language. After you have upgraded thunderbird you may have to
check out addons and select native "language" in order to run it in
native language of yours.

And the shortcut: Download language xpi files forem Mozilla ftp sites
and install lang.xpi file by openning it with Firefox/thunderbird and
select your native langugae from addons dropdown menu at the toolbar.
restart Firefox/Thuınderbird and it is set till nexty upgrade. You have
to repeat this process everytime you upgrade Firefox and Thunderbird.

That is my work around solution. I hope it helps. Any better solutions
than mine are always wellcome.
Gökşin Akdeniz <goksin.akdeniz at gmail.com>
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