localedef


SYNOPSIS
       localedef [options] outputpath
       localedef --list-archive [options]
       localedef --delete-from-archive [options] localename ...
       localedef --add-to-archive [options] compiledpath
       localedef --version
       localedef --help
       localedef --usage

DESCRIPTION
       The localedef program reads the indicated charmap and input files, com-
       piles them to a binary form quickly usable by the  locale(7)  functions
       in the C library, and places the output in outputpath.

       If outputpath contains a slash character ('/'), it is directly the name
       of the output directory.  In this case, there is a separate output file
       for each locale category (LC_CTIME, LC_NUMERIC, and so on).

       Otherwise,  if  the --no-archive option is used, outputpath is the name
       of a subdirectory in /usr/lib/locale where per-category compiled  files
       are placed.

       Otherwise,  outputpath  is the name of a locale and the compiled locale
       data is added to the archive file /usr/lib/locale/locale-archive.

       In any case, localedef aborts if the directory in  which  it  tries  to
       write locale files has not already been created.

       If  no charmapfile is given, the value POSIX is used by default.  If no
       inputfile is given, or if it is given as a dash  (-),  localedef  reads
       from standard input.

OPTIONS
       Most  options  can  have either short or long forms.  If multiple short
       options are used, they can be combined in one word (for example, -cv is
       identical to -c -v).

       If  a  short  option takes an argument, the argument can be given sepa-
       rately as the next word (-f foo), or it can be  written  together  with
       the option letter (-ffoo).  If a long option takes an argument, the ar-
       gument can be given separately as the next word, or it can  be  written
       as option=argument (--charmap=foo).

   Operation selection options
       A few options direct localedef to do something else than compile locale
       definitions.  Only one of these should be used at a time.

       --delete-from-archive
              Delete the named locales from the locale archive file.

       --list-archive
              List the locales contained in the locale archive file.

              rectory  for  character maps, it is not necessary to specify the
              full pathname.  This default directory is printed  by  localedef
              --help.

       -i inputfile, --inputfile=inputfile
              Specify  the locale definition file to compile.  If inputfile is
              not absolute, localedef will also look in the directories speci-
              fied by the environment variable I18NPATH and in the default di-
              rectory for locale definition files.  This default directory  is
              printed by localedef --help.

       -u repertoirefile, --repertoire-map=repertoirefile
              Read  mappings  from  symbolic names to Unicode UCS4 values from
              repertoirefile.

       -A aliasfile, --alias-file=aliasfile
              Use aliasfile to look up aliases for locale names.  There is  no
              default aliases file.

       --prefix=pathname
              Set prefix to be prepended to the full archive pathname.  By de-
              fault, the prefix is empty.  Setting the prefix to foo, the  ar-
              chive would be placed in foo/usr/lib/locale/locale-archive.

       -c, --force
              Write the output files even if warnings were generated about the
              input file.

       --old-style
              Create old-style tables.

       -v, --verbose
              Generate extra warnings about errors that are normally ignored.

       --quiet
              Suppress all notifications and warnings, and report  only  fatal
              errors.

       --posix
              Conform strictly to POSIX.  Implies --verbose.  This option cur-
              rently has no other effect.  Posix conformance is assumed if the
              environment variable POSIXLY_CORRECT is set.

       --replace
              Replace  a  locale in the locale archive file.  Without this op-
              tion, if the locale is in the archive file already, an error oc-
              curs.

       --no-archive
              Do not use the locale archive file, instead create outputpath as
              a subdirectory in the same directory as the locale archive file,
              and create separate output files for locale categories in it.

       --help Print  a  usage summary and exit.  Also prints the default paths

       I18NPATH
              A colon separated list of default directories for locale defini-
              tion files.

FILES
       /usr/share/i18n/charmaps
              Usual default charmap path.

       /usr/share/i18n/locales
              Usual default path for locale source files.

       /usr/share/i18n/repertoiremaps
              Usual default repertoire map path.

       /usr/lib/locale/locale-archive
              Usual default locale archive location.

       outputpath/LC_COLLATE
              One of the output files.  It describes the rules  for  comparing
              strings in the locale's alphabet.

       outputpath/LC_CTYPE
              One  of the output files.  It contains information about charac-
              ter cases and case conversions for the locale.

       outputpath/LC_MONETARY
              One of the output files.  It describes the way  monetary  values
              should be formatted in the locale.

       outputpath/LC_MESSAGES/SYS_LC_MESSAGES
              One of the output files.  It contains information about the lan-
              guage messages should be printed in, and what an affirmative  or
              negative answer looks like.

       outputpath/LC_NUMERIC
              One  of the output files.  It describes the rules for formatting
              numbers in the locale.

       outputpath/LC_TIME
              One of the output files.  It describes the rules for  formatting
              times and dates in the locale.

       outputpath/LC_PAPER
              One  of the output files. It describes the default paper size in
              the locale.

       outputpath/LC_NAME
              One of the output files. It describes the rules  for  formatting
              names in the locale.

       outputpath/LC_ADDRESS
              One  of  the output files. It describes the rules for formatting
              addresses, and other location information in the locale.

EXAMPLES
       Compile the locale files for Finnish in the UTF-8 character set and add
       it to the default locale archive with the name fi_FI.UTF-8:

              localedef -f UTF-8 -i fi_FI fi_FI.UTF-8

       The same, but generate files into the current directory (note that  the
       last argument must then contain a slash):

              localedef -f UTF-8 -i fi_FI ./

SEE ALSO
       locale(5), locale(7), locale(1)

AUTHOR
       The program was written by Ulrich Drepper.

       This  manual  page  was written by Richard Braakman <dark@xs4all.nl> on
       behalf of the Debian GNU/Linux Project and anyone else  who  wants  it.
       It  was  amended  by Alastair McKinstry <mckinstry@computer.org> to ex-
       plain new ISO 14652 elements, and amended  further  by  Lars  Wirzenius
       <liw@iki.fi> to document new functionality (as of GNU C library 2.3.5).
       The manpage is not supported by the GNU libc maintainers and may be out
       of date.

STANDARDS
       This program conforms to the POSIX standard P1003.2



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