LOCALE-GEN(8)LOCALE-GEN(8)NAMElocale-gen - compile a list of locale definition files
SYNOPSISlocale-gen [options] [locale] [language] ...
Compiled locale files take about 50MB of disk space, and most users
only need few locales. In order to save disk space, compiled locale
files are not distributed in the locales package, but selected locales
are automatically generated when this package is installed by running
the locale-gen program.
If a list of languages and/or locales is specified as arguments, then
locale-gen only generates these particular locales and adds the new
ones to /var/lib/locales/supported.d/local. Otherwise it generates all
Locale data files can be stored either in a single archive file,
/usr/lib/locale/locale-archive, or in a deep tree where individual
files are stored under /usr/lib/locale/<locale_name>/LC_*. But unlike
the locales package, compiled locale definitions are not removed when
running locale-gen, and locales are compiled again only if locale
source files have changed.
These options override settings found in /etc/belocs/locale-gen.conf.
--help Display an help message and exit.
Remove all existing locales before processing.
Do not remove existing locales before processing.
When this option is set, locale data are stored in a single ar‐
When this option is set, locale data are stored in
/usr/lib/locale/<locale_name>/LC_* files. This is the default.
Locale aliases are read from FILE.
List all locales to generate. File format is similar to
Customize how compiled locale files are stored onto disk.
Compiled locale data.
Generated archive containing compiled locale data, if --archive
flag is set.
Directory used to keep track of changes in locale source files.
SEE ALSOlocaledef(1), locale(1), locale-gen.conf(5).
The locale-gen program was originally written by Debian GNU libc main‐
tainers, and has been improved by Denis Barbier <firstname.lastname@example.org>
for the belocs-locales-bin package. This manual page has been rewrit‐
ten from scratch to document the current behavior.
Debian GNU/Linux March 2005 LOCALE-GEN(8)