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LOCALE-GEN(8)									    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 running the locale-gen program.

       If a list of languages and/or locales is specified as arguments, then locale-gen only gen-
       erates	these	particular  locales  and  adds	the  new  ones	to  /var/lib/locales/sup-
       ported.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 defi-
       nitions	are  not  removed when running 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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