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LOCALEDEF(1)							  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, com‐
       piles 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 sepa‐
       rately 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 ar‐
       gument 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 lo‐
	      caledef, 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  di‐
	      rectory  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 speci‐
	      fied by the environment variable I18NPATH and in the default di‐
	      rectory 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 de‐
	      fault, the prefix is empty.  Setting the prefix to foo, the  ar‐
	      chive 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
	      Conform strictly to POSIX.  Implies --verbose.  This option cur‐
	      rently 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 op‐
	      tion, if the locale is in the archive file already, an error oc‐
	      curs.

       --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 defini‐
	      tion files.

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

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

       /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 charac‐
	      ter cases 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 lan‐
	      guage 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 ex‐
       plain 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)
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