[Bug localedata/14641] New: Add a strftime()-like function for formatting human names

Keld Simonsen keld@keldix.com
Fri Sep 28 12:05:00 GMT 2012

On Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 11:33:42AM +0000, bugzilla at tecnocode dot co.uk wrote:
> http://sourceware.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=14641
>              Bug #: 14641
>            Summary: Add a strftime()-like function for formatting human
>                     names
>            Product: glibc
>            Version: unspecified
>             Status: NEW
>           Severity: enhancement
>           Priority: P2
>          Component: localedata
>         AssignedTo: unassigned@sourceware.org
>         ReportedBy: bugzilla@tecnocode.co.uk
>                 CC: libc-locales@sources.redhat.com
>     Classification: Unclassified
> It???s useful that glibc???s locale data collects together different locales??? ways
> of formatting names as name_fmt (lh.2xlibre.net/values/name_fmt/). However,
> this is difficult to use, and requires programs to implement their own parser
> for the field descriptors. This causes duplication of code and means all the
> programs have to be kept up-to-date with any changes to the set of allowed
> field descriptors.
> Would it be possible to add a function similar to strftime() which will parse a
> *name* format string and substitute values for its field descriptors?

yes, this is possible. I think it would be better to have one standardized way than several
homegrown. Coul we find out what are the different current APIs vailable in different

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