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Is locale.alias really obsolete?
- From: "Carlos O'Donell" <carlos at redhat dot com>
- To: GNU C Library <libc-alpha at sourceware dot org>, Alexandre Oliva <aoliva at redhat dot com>
- Cc: Jakub Jelinek <jakub at redhat dot com>, Roland McGrath <roland at hack dot frob dot com>
- Date: Tue, 01 Oct 2013 15:02:24 -0400
- Subject: Is locale.alias really obsolete?
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I'm CC'ing Jakub here for a historical perspective.
The file intl/locale.alias says:
# Note: This file is obsolete and is kept around for the time being for
# backward compatibility. Nobody should rely on the names defined here.
# Locales should always be specified by their full name.
Is that really true?
It appears that we are using locale.alias as a way to support
transitioning applications through a locale renaming process. This seems
like a valid and useful use of this file and the framework surrounding
the locale alias support.
The most recent example of this was the 2004 transition of no_NO to
nb_NO. i.e. `no_NO.ISO-8859-1 nb_NO.ISO-8859-1'