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LOCALE(1)							 Debian GNU/Linux							 LOCALE(1)

locale - Get locale-specific information.
locale [ -a | -m] locale [ -ck ] name...
The locale program writes information about the current locale environment, or all locales, to standard output. When invoked without arguments, locale summarizes the current locale environment for each locale category defined by the LC_* environment variables. -a, --all-locales Write names of available locales. -m, --charmaps Write names of available charmaps. Output Format: -c, --category-name Write names of selected categories. -k, --keyword-name Write names and values of selected keywords.
These environment variables affect each locale categories for all locale-aware programs: LC_CTYPE Character classification and case conversion. LC_COLLATE Collation order. LC_TIME Date and time formats. LC_NUMERIC Non-monetary numeric formats. LC_MONETARY Monetary formats. LC_MESSAGES Formats of informative and diagnostic messages and interactive responses. LC_PAPER Paper size. LC_NAME Name formats. LC_ADDRESS Address formats and location information. LC_TELEPHONE Telephone number formats. LC_MEASUREMENT Measurement units (Metric or Other). LC_IDENTIFICATION Metadata about the locale information. This environment variable can switch against multiple locale database: LOCPATH The directory where locale data is stored. By default, /usr/lib/locale is used.
/usr/share/i18n/SUPPORTED List of supported values (and their associated encoding) for the locale name. This representation is recommended over --all-locales one, due being the system wide supported values.
locale was written by Ulrich Drepper for the GNU C Library. This manpage was written by Joel Klecker <> for the Debian GNU/Linux system, and expanded by Alastair McKinstry <mck->
locale(5), locale(7), setlocale(3) 3rd Berkeley Distribution 2004-12-16 LOCALE(1)