locale


DESCRIPTION
       The  locale  definition  files  contains  all  the information that the
       localedef(1) command needs to convert it into the binary  locale  data-
       base.

       The  definition  files consist of sections which each describe a locale
       category in detail.

   Syntax
       The locale definition file starts with a header that may consist of the
       following keywords:

       <escape_char>
              is  followed  by  a character that should be used as the escape-
              character for the rest of  the  file  to  mark  characters  that
              should  be  interpreted  in  a  special way.  It defaults to the
              backslash (\).

       <comment_char>
              is followed by a character that will be  used  as  the  comment-
              character  for  the rest of the file.  It defaults to the number
              sign (#).

       The locale definition has one part for each locale category.  Each part
       can  be  copied  from  another  existing  locale or can be defined from
       scratch.  If the category should be copied, the only valid  keyword  in
       the  definition is copy followed by the name of the locale which should
       be copied.

   LC_CTYPE
       The definition  for  the  LC_CTYPE  category  starts  with  the  string
       LC_CTYPE in the first column.

       There are the following keywords allowed:

       upper  followed  by a list of uppercase letters.  The letters A through
              Z are included  automatically.   Characters  also  specified  as
              cntrl, digit, punct, or space are not allowed.

       lower  followed  by a list of lowercase letters.  The letters a through
              z are included  automatically.   Characters  also  specified  as
              cntrl, digit, punct, or space are not allowed.

       alpha  followed  by  a  list  of  letters.   All character specified as
              either upper or lower are  automatically  included.   Characters
              also specified as cntrl, digit, punct, or space are not allowed.

       digit  followed  by  the characters classified as numeric digits.  Only
              the digits 0 through  9  are  allowed.   They  are  included  by
              default in this class.

       space  followed  by a list of characters defined as white-space charac-
              ters.  Characters also specified as upper, lower, alpha,  digit,

       graph  followed  by  a  list of printable characters, not including the
              <space> character.  The  characters  defined  as  upper,  lower,
              alpha,  digit,  xdigit,  and  punct  are automatically included.
              Characters also specified as cntrl are not allowed.

       print  followed by  a  list  of  printable  characters,  including  the
              <space>  character.   The  characters  defined  as upper, lower,
              alpha, digit, xdigit, punct, and the <space> character are auto-
              matically  included.  Characters also specified as cntrl are not
              allowed.

       xdigit followed by a list of characters classified as hexadecimal  dig-
              its.   The  decimal  digits  must be included followed by one or
              more set of six characters in ascending  order.   The  following
              characters  are included by default: 0 through 9, a through f, A
              through F.

       blank  followed by a list of characters classified as blank.  The char-
              acters <space> and <tab> are automatically included.

       toupper
              followed  by a list of mappings from lowercase to uppercase let-
              ters.  Each mapping is a pair of a lowercase  and  an  uppercase
              letter separated with a , and enclosed in parentheses.  The mem-
              bers of the list are separated with semicolons.

       tolower
              followed by a list of mappings from uppercase to lowercase  let-
              ters.  If the keyword tolower is not present, the reverse of the
              toupper list is used.

       The LC_CTYPE definition ends with the string END LC_CYTPE.

   LC_COLLATE
       The LC_COLLATE category defines the  rules  for  collating  characters.
       Due to limitations of libc not all POSIX-options are implemented.

       The definition starts with the string LC_COLLATE in the first column.

       There are the following keywords allowed:

       collating-element

       collating-symbol

       The order-definition starts with a line:

       order_start

       followed  by  a list of keywords out of forward, backward, or position.
       The order definition consists of lines that describe the order  and  is
       terminated with the keyword

       order_end.
              followed by the international currency symbol.  This must  be  a
              4-character  string containing the international currency symbol
              as defined by the ISO 4217 standard (three characters)  followed
              by a separator.

       currency_symbol
              followed by the local currency symbol.

       mon_decimal_point
              followed  by  the string that will be used as the decimal delim-
              iter when formatting monetary quantities.

       mon_thousands_sep
              followed by the string that will be used as  a  group  separator
              when formatting monetary quantities.

       mon_grouping
              followed  by  a  string that describes the formatting of numeric
              quantities.

       positive_sign
              followed by a string that is used to indicate  a  positive  sign
              for monetary quantities.

       negative_sign
              followed  by  a  string that is used to indicate a negative sign
              for monetary quantities.

       int_frac_digits
              followed by the number of fractional digits that should be  used
              when formatting with the int_curr_symbol.

       frac_digits
              followed  by the number of fractional digits that should be used
              when formatting with the currency_symbol.

       p_cs_precedes
              followed by an integer  set  to  1  if  the  currency_symbol  or
              int_curr_symbol  should  precede the formatted monetary quantity
              or set to 0 if the symbol succeeds the value.

       p_sep_by_space
              followed by an integer.

              0      means that no space should be printed between the  symbol
                     and the value.

              1      means  that  a space should be printed between the symbol
                     and the value.

              2      means that a space should be printed between  the  symbol
                     and the sign string, if adjacent.

       n_cs_precedes
       p_sign_posn

              0      Parentheses  enclose the quantity and the currency_symbol
                     or int_curr_symbol.

              1      The sign  string  precedes  the  quantity  and  the  cur-
                     rency_symbol or the int_curr_symbol.

              2      The  sign  string  succeeds  the  quantity  and  the cur-
                     rency_symbol or the int_curr_symbol.

              3      The sign  string  precedes  the  currency_symbol  or  the
                     int_curr_symbol.

              4      The  sign  string  succeeds  the  currency_symbol  or the
                     int_curr_symbol.

       n_sign_posn

              0      Parentheses enclose the quantity and the  currency_symbol
                     or int_curr_symbol.

              1      The  sign  string  precedes  the  quantity  and  the cur-
                     rency_symbol or the int_curr_symbol.

              2      The sign  string  succeeds  the  quantity  and  the  cur-
                     rency_symbol or the int_curr_symbol.

              3      The  sign  string  precedes  the  currency_symbol  or the
                     int_curr_symbol.

              4      The sign  string  succeeds  the  currency_symbol  or  the
                     int_curr_symbol.

       The LC_MONETARY definition ends with the string END LC_MONETARY.

   LC_NUMERIC
       The definition starts with the string LC_NUMERIC in the first column.

       The following keywords are allowed:

       decimal_point
              followed  by  the string that will be used as the decimal delim-
              iter when formatting numeric quantities.

       thousands_sep
              followed by the string that will be used as  a  group  separator
              when formatting numeric quantities.

       grouping
              followed  by  a  string that describes the formatting of numeric
              quantities.

       The LC_NUMERIC definition ends with the string END LC_NUMERIC.

       abmon  followed by a list of abbreviated month names.

       mon    followed by a list of month names.

       am_pm  The appropriate representation of the am and pm strings.

       d_t_fmt
              The appropriate date and time format.

       d_fmt  The appropriate date format.

       t_fmt  The appropriate time format.

       t_fmt_ampm
              The appropriate time format when using 12h clock format.

       week   followed by a list of three values: The number of days in a week
              (by default 7), a date of beginning of the week (by default cor-
              responds to Sunday), and the minimal length of the first week in
              year (by default 4).  Regarding the start of the week,  19971130
              shall  be used for Sunday and 19971201 shall be used for Monday.
              Thus, countries using 19971130 should have local Sunday name  as
              the  first  day  in the day list, while countries using 19971201
              should have Monday translation as the  first  item  in  the  day
              list.

       first_weekday (since glibc 2.2)
              Number  of the first day from the day list to be shown in calen-
              dar applications.  The default value of 1 corresponds to  either
              Sunday  or Monday depending on the value of the second week list
              item.

       first_workday (since glibc 2.2)
              Number of the first working day from the day list.

       The LC_TIME definition ends with the string END LC_TIME.

   LC_MESSAGES
       The definition starts with the string LC_MESSAGES in the first column.

       The following keywords are allowed:

       yesexpr
              followed by a regular expression that  describes  possible  yes-
              responses.

       noexpr followed  by  a  regular  expression that describes possible no-
              responses.

       The LC_MESSAGES definition ends with the string END LC_MESSAGES.

       See the POSIX.2 standard for details.

       locale(1), localedef(1), localeconv(3), setlocale(3), charmap(5)

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