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The Correct NLS_LANG Setting in Unix Environments (Doc ID 264157.1)

Last updated on AUGUST 04, 2018

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version and later
Oracle Database - Standard Edition - Version and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.
***Checked for relevance on 22-Sep-2016***


 To explain how to set the NLS_LANG correctly in Unix environments.


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In this Document
 1- Check which locale is set and correct this if needed.
 2- Check if the chosen locale is indeed installed and install this if needed.
 3- Check if you telnet/ssh software is properly configured.
 4- Set the NLS_LANG and Test.
 5- What to do if this is not working?
 6- More in depth debugging.
 7- Do the Locale and NLS_LANG *need* to match the database characterset?
 8-What's the best setting for an "xx8MSWIN12xx" NLS_CHARACTERSET database (WE8MSWIN1252, etc etc)

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