LOCALEDEF(1) BSD General Commands Manual LOCALEDEF(1)
localedef -- define locale environment
localedef [-c] [-f charmap] [-i sourcefile] name
The localedef utility reads source definitions for one or more locale categories belonging to the same locale from the file named in the -i
option (if specified) or from standard input.
The name operand identifies the target locale. The localedef utility supports the creation of public, or generally accessible locales, as
well as private, or restricted-access locales.
Each category source definition is identified by the corresponding environment variable name and terminated by an END category-name state-
LC_CTYPE Defines character classification and case conversion.
LC_COLLATE Defines collation rules.
LC_MONETARY Defines the format and symbols used in formatting of monetary information.
LC_NUMERIC Defines the decimal delimiter, grouping, and grouping symbol for non-monetary numeric editing.
LC_TIME Defines the format and content of date and time information.
LC_MESSAGES Defines the format and values of affirmative and negative responses.
The following options are supported:
-c Create permanent output even if warning messages have been issued.
Specify the pathname of a file containing a mapping of character symbols and collating element symbols to actual character encod-
The pathname of a file containing the source definitions. If this option is not present, source definitions will be read from stan-
The following operand is supported:
name Identifies the locale. If the name contains one or more slash characters, name will be interpreted as a pathname where the created
locale definitions will be stored. If name does not contain any slash characters, the locale will be public. This capability is
restricted to users with appropriate privileges. (As a consequence of specifying one name, although several categories can be pro-
cessed in one execution, only categories belonging to the same locale can be processed.)
The following environment variables affect the execution of localedef:
LANG Provide a default value for the internationalization variables that are unset or null. If LANG is unset or null, the correspond-
ing value from the implementation-dependent default locale will be used. If any of the internationalization variables contains
an invalid setting, the utility will behave as if none of the variables had been defined.
LC_ALL If set to a non-empty string value, override the values of all the other internationalization variables.
LC_COLLATE (This variable has no effect on localedef; the POSIX locale will be used for this category.)
LC_CTYPE Determine the locale for the interpretation of sequences of bytes of text data as characters (for example, single- as opposed to
multi-byte characters in arguments and input files). This variable has no effect on the processing of localedef input data; the
POSIX locale is used for this purpose, regardless of the value of this variable.
Determine the locale that should be used to affect the format and contents of diagnostic messages written to standard error.
NLSPATH Determine the location of message catalogues for the processing of LC_MESSAGES.
The following exit values are returned:
0 No errors occurred and the locales were successfully created.
1 Warnings occurred and the locales were successfully created.
2 The locale specification exceeded implementation limits or the coded character set or sets used were not supported by the implemen-
tation, and no locale was created.
>2 Warnings or errors occurred and no output was created.
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