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Linux 2.6 - man page for locale-gen (linux section 8)

LOCALE-GEN(8)						      System Manager's Manual						     LOCALE-GEN(8)

NAME
locale-gen - compile a list of locale definition files
SYNOPSIS
locale-gen [options] [locale] [language] ...
DESCRIPTION
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 run- ning 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 supported locales. 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 run- ning locale-gen, and locales are compiled again only if locale source files have changed.
OPTIONS
These options override settings found in /etc/belocs/locale-gen.conf. --help Display an help message and exit. --purge Remove all existing locales before processing. --no-purge Do not remove existing locales before processing. --archive When this option is set, locale data are stored in a single archive /usr/lib/locale/locale-archive. --no-archive When this option is set, locale data are stored in /usr/lib/locale/<locale_name>/LC_* files. This is the default. --aliases=FILE Locale aliases are read from FILE.
FILES
/var/lib/locales/supported.d/* List all locales to generate. File format is similar to /usr/share/i18n/SUPPORTED. /etc/belocs/locale-gen.conf Customize how compiled locale files are stored onto disk. /usr/lib/locale/<locale_name>/LC_* Compiled locale data. /usr/lib/locale/locale-archive Generated archive containing compiled locale data, if --archive flag is set. /var/lib/belocs Directory used to keep track of changes in locale source files.
SEE ALSO
localedef(1), locale(1), locale-gen.conf(5).
AUTHOR
The locale-gen program was originally written by Debian GNU libc maintainers, and has been improved by Denis Barbier <barbier@debian.org> for the belocs-locales-bin package. This manual page has been rewritten from scratch to document the current behavior. Debian GNU/Linux March 2005 LOCALE-GEN(8)

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