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LOCALEDEF(1)                            Linux User Manual                            LOCALEDEF(1)

NAME
       localedef - compile locale definition files

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, compiles them to a bi‐
       nary form quickly usable by the locale functions in the C library  (setlocale(3),  locale‐
       conv(3), etc.), and places the output in outputpath.

       The outputpath argument is interpreted as follows:

       *  If  outputpath  contains  a slash character ('/'), it is interpreted as the name of the
          directory where the output definitions are to be stored.  In this case, there is a sep‐
          arate output file for each locale category (LC_TIME, LC_NUMERIC, and so on).

       *  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.  A locale archive is a memory-mapped
          file which contains all the system-provided locales; it is used by all  localized  pro‐
          grams when the environment variable LOCPATH is not set.

       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 ANSI_X3.4-1968 (for ASCII) is used by  default.   If
       no  inputfile is given, or if it is given as a dash (-), localedef reads from standard in‐
       put.

OPTIONS
   Operation-selection options
       A few options direct localedef to do something other than compile locale definitions.  On‐
       ly one of these options 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.

       --add-to-archive
              Add  the  compiledpath  directories  to  the  locale archive file.  The directories
              should have been created by previous runs of localedef, using --no-archive.

   Other options
       Some of the following options are only sensible  for  certain  operations;  generally,  it
       should be self-evident which ones.

       -f charmapfile, --charmap=charmapfile
              Specify the file that defines the character set that is used by the input file.  If
              charmapfile contains a slash character ('/'), it is interpreted as the name of  the
              character  map.  Otherwise, the file is sought in the current directory and the de‐
              fault directory for character maps.  If the environment variable I18NPATH  is  set,
              $I18NPATH/charmaps/  and  $I18NPATH/ are also searched after the current directory.
              The default directory for character maps is printed by localedef --help.

       -i inputfile, --inputfile=inputfile
              Specify the locale definition file to compile.  The file is sought in  the  current
              directory  and  the default directory for locale definition files.  If the environ‐
              ment variable I18NPATH is set, $I18NPATH/locales/ and $I18NPATH are  also  searched
              after  the current directory.  The default directory for locale definition files is
              printed by localedef --help.

       -u repertoirefile, --repertoire-map=repertoirefile
              Read mappings from symbolic names to Unicode code points from  repertoirefile.   If
              repertoirefile  contains a slash character ('/'), it is interpreted as the pathname
              of the repertoire map.  Otherwise, the file is sought in the current directory  and
              the default directory for repertoire maps.  If the environment variable I18NPATH is
              set, $I18NPATH/repertoiremaps/ and $I18NPATH are also searched  after  the  current
              directory.   The  default  directory  for  repertoire  maps is printed by localedef
              --help.

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

       --prefix=pathname
              Set  the prefix to be prepended to the full archive pathname.  By default, the pre‐
              fix is empty.   Setting  the  prefix  to  foo,  the  archive  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 hash tables instead of 3-level access 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 currently 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 option, if the locale is
              in the archive file already, an error occurs.

       --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 used by localedef.

       --usage
              Print a short usage summary and exit.

       -V, --version
              Print the version number, license, and disclaimer of warranty for localedef.

EXIT STATUS
       One of the following exit values can be returned by localedef:

          0         Command completed successfully.

          1         Warnings or errors occurred, output files were written.

          4         Errors encountered, no output created.

ENVIRONMENT
       POSIXLY_CORRECT
              The --posix flag is assumed if this environment variable is set.

       I18NPATH
              A colon-separated list of search directories for files.

FILES
       /usr/share/i18n/charmaps
              Usual default character map path.

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

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

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

       /usr/lib/locale
              Usual default path for compiled individual locale data files.

       outputpath/LC_ADDRESS
              An output file that contains information about formatting of addresses and  geogra‐
              phy-related items.

       outputpath/LC_COLLATE
              An output file that contains information about the rules for comparing strings.

       outputpath/LC_CTYPE
              An output file that contains information about character classes.

       outputpath/LC_IDENTIFICATION
              An output file that contains metadata about the locale.

       outputpath/LC_MEASUREMENT
              An  output  file that contains information about locale measurements (metric versus
              US customary).

       outputpath/LC_MESSAGES/SYS_LC_MESSAGES
              An output file that contains information about  the  language  messages  should  be
              printed in, and what an affirmative or negative answer looks like.

       outputpath/LC_MONETARY
              An output file that contains information about formatting of monetary values.

       outputpath/LC_NAME
              An output file that contains information about salutations for persons.

       outputpath/LC_NUMERIC
              An  output  file  that contains information about formatting of nonmonetary numeric
              values.

       outputpath/LC_PAPER
              An output file that contains information about settings related to  standard  paper
              size.

       outputpath/LC_TELEPHONE
              An  output  file  that contains information about formats to be used with telephone
              services.

       outputpath/LC_TIME
              An output file that contains information about formatting of data and time values.

CONFORMING TO
       POSIX.1-2008.

EXAMPLE
       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  next  example does the same thing, but generates files into the fi_FI.UTF-8 directory
       which can then be used by programs when the environment variable LOCPATH  is  set  to  the
       current directory (note that the last argument must contain a slash):

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

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

COLOPHON
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