LOCALE-GEN(8) System Manager's Manual LOCALE-GEN(8)
locale-gen -- generates localisation files from templates
This manual page documents briefly the locale-gen command.
By default, the locale package which provides the base support for
localisation of libc-based programs does not contain usable localisa-
tion files for every supported language. This limitation has became
necessary because of the substantial size of such files and the large
number of languages supported by libc. As a result, Debian uses a spe-
cial mechanism where we prepare the actual localisation files on the
target host and distribute only the templates for them.
locale-gen is a program that reads the file /etc/locale.gen and invokes
localedef for the chosen localisation profiles. Run locale-gen after
you have modified the /etc/locale.gen file.
The main configuration file, which has a simple format: every line that
is not empty and does not begin with a # is treated as a locale defini-
tion that is to be built.
A directory containing locale.gen snippets provided by language-pack
packages. Do not edit these manually, they will be overwritten on
localedef(1), locale(1), locale.gen(5).
This manual page was written by Eduard Bloch <firstname.lastname@example.org> for the
Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others). Permission is
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