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Date:      Tue, 6 Nov 2012 02:42:16 +0100
From:      Polytropon <>
To:        Joseph a Nagy Jr <>
Cc:        FreeBSD Questions <>
Subject:   Re: Xiphos Locale Bug?
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On Mon, 05 Nov 2012 19:25:54 -0600, Joseph a Nagy Jr wrote:
> On 11/05/12 19:19, Polytropon wrote:
> > On Mon, 05 Nov 2012 18:54:43 -0600, Joseph a Nagy Jr wrote:
> >> FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE, i386
> >>
> >> Xiphos is giving me a strange warning[0], and I'm not quite sure what to
> >> make of it.
> > 
> > Currently "C" is set as the default language setting (locale)
> > for that specific program. It cannot handle it and probably
> > won't (as indicated) translate things properly. "C" is the
> > typical fallback locale.
> Really? Seems a bit odd.

No, it's just the most "simple" setting. :-)

It is what e. g. functions listed in "man 3 ctype" will refer to.

> > See the settings of $LANG and the $LC_* variables. There is
> > a specific precedence in their evaluation!
> Ah, I will have to read up on those, for future reference.

>From "man csh":

       When  using  the  system's  NLS, the setlocale(3) function is called to
       determine appropriate character code/classification and sorting  (e.g.,
       a  'en_CA.UTF-8'  would yield "UTF-8" as a character code).  This func-
       tion typically examines the LANG and  LC_CTYPE  environment  variables;
       refer  to the system documentation for further details.  When not using
       the system's NLS, the shell simulates  it  by  assuming  that  the  ISO
       8859-1  character  set is used whenever either of the LANG and LC_CTYPE
       variables are set, regardless of their values.  Sorting is not affected
       for the simulated NLS.

You can find the meaning of the $LC_* variables in "man 3 setlocale"
for reference. They allow a fine grained specification of what should
be dealt with "in which language", while $LANG is easier to use for
"one size fits all" requirements.

> >> Should I just re-compile now that I've explicitly set things?
> > 
> > Why? Language settings are evaluated at runtime, no need to
> > compile anything. As you have made the change to login.conf
> > (at the global level), make sure your user account doesn't
> > override anything. Also check if you need to run cap_mkdb
> > to create login.conf.db from your settings.
> I already ran it, I just need to logout/in after LibreOffice is done
> compiling.

You can temporarily call a program with a different setting
to see what language it "runs" in:

	$ LC_ALL=de_DE.ISO8859-1 /usr/local/bin/mc
	$ LC_ALL=pl_PL.ISO8859-2 /usr/local/bin/mc
	$ LC_ALL=en_US.ISO8859-1 /usr/local/bin/mc

This will of course only work for _that_ specific program call
and will not persist. Using UTF-8 instead of one of the ISO
encodings could lead to "screen & character garbage". :-)

> > Alternatively (usually not recommended, but works) you can
> > set (i. e. setenv) language variables in /etc/csh.cshrc
> > globally, or ~/.cshrc for your user account.
> > 
> > Example:
> > 
> > 	setenv	LC_ALL		en_US.ISO8859-1
> > 	setenv	LC_MESSAGES	en_US.ISO8859-1
> > 	setenv	LC_COLLATE	de_DE.ISO8859-1
> > 	setenv	LC_CTYPE	de_DE.ISO8859-1
> > 	setenv	LC_MONETARY	de_DE.ISO8859-1
> > 	setenv	LC_NUMERIC	de_DE.ISO8859-1
> > 	setenv	LC_TIME		de_DE.ISO8859-1
> > 	unsetenv LANG
> > 
> > That will leave english text intact (most usable language
> > setting for most programs), but allow specific settings like
> > time notation or collation according to the german rules.
> Will keep that in mind for future reference. I'm going to be learning
> one or two new languages soon and that will be helpful when I go to set
> up a new user to practice reading (and not just talking) those languages. (:

I went with the above approach to have all my programs "talk"
in english because they are easier to understand than the only
partially done and sloppy german translations. :-)

Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
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