Locale? [ does anyone on the list understand locale? ]

Jonathan Ryshpan jonrysh at pacbell.net
Sun Feb 12 07:29:48 UTC 2006

Judging from the answers I've got, other threads on this list, and what
I've seen on the web, locale is a very badly understood topic that
should be understood better.

Therefor, I'm repeating these:

> Questions
> (1) How is the locale set?  It's easy to read it: just type "$ locale".
> (2) How does the locale relate to the environment variables LC_*?
> (3) How does the locale control the paper size?  "$ locale" prints out a
> value for LC_PAPER, but "man 7 locale" doesn't refer to it.
> BTW: I was advised to "$ echo letter > /etc/papersize", to get groff to
> emit the right kind of output.  It doesn't work.
> Also have been advised to edit /etc/sysconfig/i18n but it's not clear
> just what to put into it.

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