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NAME

       locale - get locale-specific information

SYNOPSIS

       locale [option]
       locale [option] -a
       locale [option] -m
       locale [option] name...

DESCRIPTION

       The  locale  command  displays information about the current locale, or
       all locales, on standard output.

       When invoked without arguments,  locale  displays  the  current  locale
       settings  for  each  locale  category  (see  locale(5)),  based  on the
       settings of the environment variables  that  control  the  locale  (see
       locale(7)).   Values  for  variables set in the environment are printed
       without double quotes, implied values are printed with double quotes.

       If either the -a  or  the  -m  option  (or  one  of  their  long-format
       equivalents) is specified, the behavior is as follows:

       -a, --all-locales
              Display  a  list of all available locales.  The -v option causes
              the LC_IDENTIFICATION metadata about each locale to be  included
              in the output.

       -m, --charmaps
              Display   the  available  charmaps  (character  set  description
              files).  To display the current character set  for  the  locale,
              use locale -c charmap.

       The  locale  command  can  also be provided with one or more arguments,
       which are the names of locale keywords (for example,  date_fmt,  ctype-
       class-names,  yesexpr,  or  decimal_point)  or  locale  categories (for
       example, LC_CTYPE or LC_TIME).  For each  argument,  the  following  is
       displayed:

       *  For a locale keyword, the value of that keyword to be displayed.

       *  For  a  locale category, the values of all keywords in that category
          are displayed.

       When arguments are supplied, the following options are meaningful:

       -c, --category-name
              For a category name argument,  write  the  name  of  the  locale
              category on a separate line preceding the list of keyword values
              for that category.

              For a keyword name  argument,  write  the  name  of  the  locale
              category  for  this  keyword  on  a  separate line preceding the
              keyword value.

              This option improves readability when  multiple  name  arguments
              are specified.  It can be combined with the -k option.

       -k, --keyword-name
              For  each  keyword  whose value is being displayed, include also
              the name of that keyword, so that the output has the format:

                  keyword="value"

       The locale command also knows about the following options:

       -v, --verbose
              Display additional information for some command-line option  and
              argument combinations.

       -?, --help
              Display  a  summary  of  command-line  options and arguments and
              exit.

       --usage
              Display a short usage message and exit.

       -V, --version
              Display the program version and exit.

FILES

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

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

CONFORMING TO

       POSIX.1-2001, POSIX.1-2008.

EXAMPLE

       $ locale
       LANG=en_US.UTF-8
       LC_CTYPE="en_US.UTF-8"
       LC_NUMERIC="en_US.UTF-8"
       LC_TIME="en_US.UTF-8"
       LC_COLLATE="en_US.UTF-8"
       LC_MONETARY="en_US.UTF-8"
       LC_MESSAGES="en_US.UTF-8"
       LC_PAPER="en_US.UTF-8"
       LC_NAME="en_US.UTF-8"
       LC_ADDRESS="en_US.UTF-8"
       LC_TELEPHONE="en_US.UTF-8"
       LC_MEASUREMENT="en_US.UTF-8"
       LC_IDENTIFICATION="en_US.UTF-8"
       LC_ALL=

       $ locale date_fmt
       %a %b %e %H:%M:%S %Z %Y

       $ locale -k date_fmt
       date_fmt="%a %b %e %H:%M:%S %Z %Y"

       $ locale -ck date_fmt
       LC_TIME
       date_fmt="%a %b %e %H:%M:%S %Z %Y"

       $ locale LC_TELEPHONE
       +%c (%a) %l
       (%a) %l
       11
       1
       UTF-8

       $ locale -k LC_TELEPHONE
       tel_int_fmt="+%c (%a) %l"
       tel_dom_fmt="(%a) %l"
       int_select="11"
       int_prefix="1"
       telephone-codeset="UTF-8"

       The following example compiles a custom locale from the ./wrk directory
       with  the  localedef(1) utility under the $HOME/.locale directory, then
       tests  the  result  with  the  date(1)  command,  and  then  sets   the
       environment  variables  LOCPATH  and  LANG in the shell profile file so
       that the custom locale will be used in the subsequent user sessions:

       $ mkdir -p $HOME/.locale
       $ I18NPATH=./wrk/ localedef -f UTF-8 -i fi_SE $HOME/.locale/fi_SE.UTF-8
       $ LOCPATH=$HOME/.locale LC_ALL=fi_SE.UTF-8 date
       $ echo "export LOCPATH=\$HOME/.locale" >> $HOME/.bashrc
       $ echo "export LANG=fi_SE.UTF-8" >> $HOME/.bashrc

SEE ALSO

       localedef(1), charmap(5), locale(5), locale(7)

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