LC_MESSAGES implementation

Corinna Vinschen
Tue Feb 9 11:16:00 GMT 2010

On Feb  8 13:42, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> On Feb  8 11:30, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> > Hi guys,
> > 
> > 
> > I have finally found a method to implement the locale-specific
> > LC_MESSAGES info.
> > 
> > Basically, I have two application which generate the yesexpr, noexpr,
> > yesstr and nostr strings from foreign local data.  [...]
> I just re-examined the licensing of the GLIBC locale data and it turns
> out that not *all* locale files have a free enough license to be used
> by Cygwin.  Some have no licenses at all, some are explicitely under GPL.
> Only 166 out of 266 locales are usable without licensing problems.

Eventually it occured to me that a bit of reverse engineering is the
key.  I created a new tool which simply fetches the LC_MESSAGES locale
data available on a running Linux system.  That way we should have no
licensing problems at all.  The tool is here:


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