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Install Language support in CentOS 5 or Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Q. How do I install Languages in Linux after installation? I don’t have any language specific support installed but need to install the same. I’m using both RHEL 5 and CentOS 5.

A. Yellow dog Updater, Modified, a package manager for RPM-compatible Linux systems such as CentoS 5/Fedora 7 and RHEL 5. Yum’s repository system is quickly becoming the standard for RPM-based repositories.

If the languages were not installed during the installation, the same can be installed by YUM command. Use following command to install Hindi and Chinese support.

# yum groupinstall {LANGUAGE-support}

# yum install "@Hindi Support"
# yum install "@Chinese Support"

Use yum grouplist list available groups and languages.

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{ 11 comments… add one }
  • Hung Nguyen October 17, 2008, 6:51 pm

    How can I install Vietnamese support language on my Centos box? I already install Scim, but I can’t type Vietnamese. Thank you!

  • Kuan November 16, 2008, 6:52 am

    If the above command doesn’t work for you (which happened in my case)
    try this one:

    yum groupinstall “Chinese Support”


  • David February 15, 2009, 5:31 am

    yum groupinstall “Chinese Support” worked for me on CentOS 5.2 install.

  • Molutran August 14, 2009, 1:05 am


  • CXslave March 2, 2010, 1:12 pm

    I also tried yum groupinstall and install to install the chinese fonts.
    However it failed in my CentOS 5.4… Any suggestion?

  • sui August 7, 2010, 3:47 am

    yum install “@Chinese Support”
    this commend works on my CentOS 5.4
    I don’t use groupinstall

  • sindhu kakuru March 9, 2011, 8:01 pm

    I am getting error when i run this command

    yum grouplist
    Setting up Group Process
    Error: No group data available for configured repositories

    yum install “@Chinese Support”
    Setting up Install Process
    Parsing package install arguments
    Error: No Groups Available in any repository

    Do we need to download the packages of Chinese Support before running command or that command will directly do it?

    is that any thing has to do with comps.xml file.
    where can i find comps.xml file?

    Thank You

  • asim ghosh August 13, 2011, 6:18 pm

    Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
    Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
    * addons: http://ftp.cuhk.edu.hk
    * base: centos.vr-zone.com
    * extras: centos.vr-zone.com
    * updates: centos.vr-zone.com
    Setting up Install Process
    No package hindi support available.
    Nothing to do

  • Nilesh March 25, 2013, 12:52 pm

    Hi ,

    Do I have to run fc-cache -f /usr/share/fonts manually to make it avail or will it be available to all automatically?


  • David Ramirez September 3, 2013, 5:04 pm

    Worked just fine with CentOS 6.4 / 64.

  • virendra kumar July 15, 2014, 8:32 am

    install centos 2.4.4 how….

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