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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  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
       separately 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 argument 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.

       --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  some  operations;
       hopefully it is self-evident which ones.

       -f charmapfile, --charmap=charmapfile
              Specify  the file that defines the symbolic character names that
              are used by the input file.  If  the  file  is  in  the  default
              directory 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
              specified  by  the  environment  variable  I18NPATH  and  in the
              default directory 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
              default, the prefix 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 tables.

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

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

       --posix
              Be strictly POSIX conformant.  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.

ENVIRONMENT

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

       I18NPATH
              A  colon  separated  list  of  default  directories  for  locale
              definition files.

FILES

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

       /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
              character classes 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
              language 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.

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

       outputpath/LC_MEASUREMENT
              One  of the output files. It describes the rules for measurement
              in the locale, e.g. Metric or other units.

       outputpath/LC_IDENTIFICATION
              One of the output files. It identifies the elements  within  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
       explain 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

                                 May 20, 2005                     LOCALEDEF(1)