Provided by: localepurge_0.4.1_all bug


       localepurge - removing superfluous locale data




       localepurge is a small script to recover disk space wasted for unneeded
       locale files and localized man pages. It will be automagically  invoked
       by  dpkg  upon  completion  of  any apt installation run.   You have to
       define the locale directory names you want to keep from  removal  after
       each  apt  installation  run  in  the /etc/locale.nopurge configuration
       file.  Unless localepurge has been adequately configured, the  system’s
       locale directories won’t be touched at all.
       Any  other  directory  (or  file) in /usr/share/locale not containing a
       subdirectory named LC_MESSAGES will be discreetly ignored.


       The configurable options consist of toggling verbose output,  reporting
       a  summary  of  freed  space, and deletion of localized manual pages in
       addition  to  locale  files.   All  actions  are   specified   in   the
       /etc/locale.nopurge  configuration file. Since localepurge uses debconf
       for storing its configuration data its  configuration  should  only  be
       done  via  dpkg-reconfigure(8)  as  outlined  below.  If  not  done via
       debconf(8) any manual  entries  will  be  irreversibly  lost  after  an
       upgrade or reinstallation of the package.
       For detailed debugging the commandline switch -debug or just a short -d
       instead are available for usage.  For verbose  output  the  commandline
       switch -verbose or just a short -v can be added.


       Please  note,  that  this  tool  is a hack which is not integrated with
       Debians package management system and therefore is not meant  for  the
       faint  of heart.  Responsibility for its usage and possible breakage of
       your system therefore lies in the sysadmin’s (your) hands.
       Please  definitely  do  abstain  from  reporting   any   bugs   blaming
       localepurge  if  you  break  your system by using it. If you don’t know
       what you are doing and can’t handle any resulting breakage on your  own
       then please simply don’t use it.
       All  locale  directories  containing  a  subdirectory named LC_MESSAGES
       which  are  either  commented  out  or  not  even  listed  at  all   in
       /etc/locale.nopurge  will  be  irreversibly  deleted.   The only way to
       reinstall any lost locales is a  complete  reinstallation  of  all  the
       Debian          packages          containing          them.         See
       /usr/share/doc/localepurge/     for     a      recipe.
       Alternatively  you  can  reconfigure  it  with  dpkg-reconfigure(8)  to
       prevent locale files from being purged during subsequent runs of apt.
       The localepurge configuration should only be configured  by  using  the
       command  ’dpkg-reconfigure localepurge’ to add/remove locale entries or
       toggle verbosity. Since localepurge is using  the  debconf(8)  facility
       for  storing  its  configuration  entries  it  shouldn’t  be configured
       manually because all  manual  entries  will  get  lost  after  upgrade,
       reconfiguration or reinstallation of localepurge.

SOLVING PROBLEMS caused by localepurge

       This program does interfere with the Debian package management and does
       provoke strange, but usually harmless, behaviour  of  programs  related
       with  apt/dpkg  like dpkg-repack(1), debsums(1), reportbug(1), etc.  If
       you need to have any package in its full integrity  so  that  e.g.  the
       formerly  mentioned  programs  work  as  designed  by its author and as
       expected by  you,  simply  deinstall  localepurge  temporarily  without
       purging  its configuration and reinstall the packages you need in their
       fully integral state. When you  are  done  with  what  you  needed  the
       integral packages for simply reinstall localepurge again.




       Administrators  of  systems with short disk space should have a look at
       both the deborphan and debfoster  packages.  Especially  debfoster  can
       work wonders for your scarce disk space!



       localepurge and its accompanying manual page was written for the Debian
       GNU/Linux  system  by  Paul  Seelig  <>  with   major
       contributions from Gustavo Noronha Silva <> who added the
       first debconf functionality.  The author sincerely hopes that some  day
       further  development  of  Debian’s great package management system will
       make localepurge fully obsolete.