a2ps provides some Native Language Support, that is speaking your
mother tongue. It uses three special features for non-English
i.e., the language used by the interface,
i.e., the format and the words used in the language to specify a
To enable these features, properly set your environment variable
`LANG' (see the documentation of your system, for instance `man
locale', `man environ' etc.).
The problem with this approach is that a lot more than just messages
and time information is affected: especially the way numbers are written
changes, what may cause problems with `awk' and such.
So if you just want messages and time format to be localized, then
set LC_MESSAGES=fr ; export LC_MESSAGES
set LC_TIME=fr ; export LC_TIME
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