FreeBSD: Setting a user’s locale and charset via a login class.

One way to set a user’s locale and charset is to:

  1. create a new login class,
  2. set the login class’s locale and
  3. set the user’s login class as the newly created class.

Example: Setting petur‘s locale and charset to en_GB.UTF-8 and UTF-8, respectivly.

Append the following to /etc/login.conf

danishKeyboard|Users with a Danish Keyboard:\

Update the capability database by executing cap_mkdb /etc/login.conf.

Set danishKeyboard as petur‘s login class by executing pw user mod petur -L danishKeyboard.

Finally, log in as petur and confirm that the locale has been correctly set as well as that the console correctly displays UTF8 characters.